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The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo - and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation | [James Donovan]

The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo - and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation

On February 23, 1836, a Mexican army thousands of soldiers strong attacked a group of roughly 200 Americans holed up in an abandoned mission just east of San Antonio, Texas. For nearly two weeks, the massive force lay siege to the makeshift fort, spraying its occupants with unremitting waves of musket and cannon fire. Then, on March 6th, at 5:30 A.M., the Mexican troops unleashed a final devastating assault: divided into four columns, they rushed into the Alamo and commenced a deadly hand-to-hand fight.
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The Blood of Heroes is the gripping and definitive chronicle of the iconic battle that inspired a nation - a sweeping saga of 200 brave Americans who stood tall against an overwhelmingly superior Mexican force.

On February 23, 1836, a Mexican army thousands of soldiers strong attacked a group of roughly 200 Americans holed up in an abandoned mission just east of San Antonio, Texas. For nearly two weeks, the massive force lay siege to the makeshift fort, spraying its occupants with unremitting waves of musket and cannon fire. Then, on March 6th, at 5:30 A.M., the Mexican troops unleashed a final devastating assault: divided into four columns, they rushed into the Alamo and commenced a deadly hand-to-hand fight. The Americans, despite being hugely outnumbered, fought valiantly - for themselves and for a division of an independent Texas. In the end, they were all slaughtered.

Drawing upon newly available primary sources, The Blood of Heroes is the definitive account of this epic battle. Populated by larger-than-life characters - including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis - it is a dynamic story of courage, sacrifice, and redemption.

©2012 James Donovan (P)2012 Hachette

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    Lynn 08-25-12
    Lynn 08-25-12
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    "Blood and History Runs Off Every Page"

    I am a Texan and carry all of that tradition which my birthright entails. I also thought that T. R. Fehrenbach’s Texas History (Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans) was the best book I had read on the state’s history (or the history of The Republic more accurately). Those things remain true, but James Donovan’s The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo – and the Sacrifice that Forged a Nation is a great addition to the literature. On February 23, 1836 Santa Anna laid siege to the Alamo. Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis made their stand with about 175 others. This book first reminded me of the stories supporting Wilder’s Bridge of San Luis Rey. Donovan presents the lives of Crockett, Bowie, and Travis along with the forces that brought them to the Alamo and their fates. Then he details the battle. The Mexican perspective takes some prominence here since everyone contained in the Alamo ultimately died during the battle of the Alamo. Certain questions remaining from those fateful days are entertained by Donovan. Did Travis draw a line in the dust? Did Crocket really go down fighting? Was there, indeed, one member of the Alamo’s residents who escaped? Donovan presents the evidence as it is currently available. Fehrenbach is still my favorite historian, but Donovan also makes me appreciate the historian’s task and talent. After reading this volume you will want to visit Bastrop and Nacogdoches for sure. If you are a Texan, don’t miss this book. If you aren’t a Texan you might understand us a little better if you read it. The author reads his own work and does a great job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Roscoe, IL, United States 09-11-12
    William Roscoe, IL, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2012

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    "The Alamo as it really occurred"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A well written, engrossing account of the fall of the Alamo. Well researched and reads like a thriller, even though we know the outcome in advance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The clear, lucid description of the final assault


    Have you listened to any of James Donovan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nono


    Any additional comments?

    Donovan gives fascinating details and insight into the lives of the main characters involved,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LSULLYR 04-21-14
    LSULLYR 04-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the Best History Books I have read!"
    Where does The Blood of Heroes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its the top History book I have read via Audible or any other means


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say. Davey Crockett, Jim Bowie and Sam Houston are all right up there!


    What does James Donovan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The detail Donovan brings to understanding the context of everything that was going on with not only the Texans, but the Mexicans as well was incredible. It is obvious he did a ton of research and reading from records from both sides of the battle.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fall fall of the Alamo


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best accounting of the Texas Revolution I have ever read. Very Highly recommended!

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    Gerry Marblehead 06-15-12
    Gerry Marblehead 06-15-12 Member Since 2001

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    What made the experience of listening to The Blood of Heroes the most enjoyable?

    This is a comprehensive telling of the story of the Alamo including the background, build-up, fight and aftermath. Details of the fight are perhaps the most sparse but that's probably not surprising given the outcome. It's a little slow in places but overall I enjoyed the book.


    What other book might you compare The Blood of Heroes to and why?

    It's not as engaging as Donovan's previous book, A Terrible Glory, as the story does not move as quickly and this book also feels less even-handed in its treatment of both sides, despite the author's efforts.


    Any additional comments?

    As a narrator I don't think that Donovan does as good a job as some of the other narrators I have listened to and I think that a better narrator would have enhanced my enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael China, MI, USA 05-21-12
    Michael China, MI, USA 05-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A good Alamo history"

    I am a huge fan of most military history. I am not from Texas, and the only Texas revolution and Alamo history I knew were from a brief bit in high school history. This book gives a lead up history to the battle, and tells a bit about the personal history of some of the more famous participants. The book also tells what happened after the siege of the Alamo and how the revolution all worked out.
    The authors writing is pretty good and fairly easy to get through, however he does repeat himself in at least 3 or 4 separate instances. I think the book could have went through a little more editing.
    All in all, Blood of Heroes is a good Alamo history, and a fairly entertaining read.

    David Crockett is a truly fascinating character, I wish we had politicians like him today.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike China, MI, United States 05-21-12
    Mike China, MI, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A good Alamo history"

    I am a huge fan of most military history. I am not from Texas, and the only Texas revolution and Alamo history I knew were from a brief bit in high school history. This book gives a lead up history to the battle, and tells a bit about the personal history of some of the more famous participants. The book also tells what happened after the siege of the Alamo and how the revolution all worked out.
    The authors writing is pretty good and fairly easy to get through, however he does repeat himself in at least 3 or 4 separate instances. I think the book could have went through a little more editing.
    All in all, Blood of Heroes is a good Alamo history, and a fairly entertaining read.

    David Crockett is a truly fascinating character, I wish we had politicians like him today.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Canyon, TX, United States 07-11-13
    James Canyon, TX, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Narrator Problems"
    Would you be willing to try another one of James Donovan’s performances?

    Mr. Donovan must not be a native Texan. Otherwise he would know that James Bonham's name is pronounced BONham not BONEham. Also he mispronounces Deaf Smith's name. It is pronounced "deaf" as in "unable to hear." Finally, he misstates a date by referring to an event on March 25 which clearly takes place before the fall of the Alamo on March 6.


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    "Detailed"

    Picking up just one episode in American history and building a whole narrative around it would not be an easy task, but the author manages to do it in an interesting manner, by painting wonderful word pictures of the backgrounds of the various protagonists in this history. Even someone (like me) with a limited knowledge of American history found the book both educative and entertaining.

    James Donovan has narrated the book himself, and as is often the case when the author and narrator are the same, this adds to the pleasure of listening to the audiobook.

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