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
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.
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.
The clear, lucid description of the final assault
Donovan gives fascinating details and insight into the lives of the main characters involved,
This is very well-done history of the Alamo. The author takes the listener through the incidents that led to the revolution, the background of each major participant, a detailed account of the battle, and the aftermath, including the Battle of San Jacinto. The author gave great historical detail without slowing the pace too much and keeping it as an interesting read. Highly recommended for any history buffs...
Great telling of the events! I work in a shop by myself and love to have books on in the back ground. This one is perfect as the telling is well done, holds your interest while giving detailed back ground.
Does good back ground work and really broadened my knowledge of how it went down.
Never boring but a few spots get repetitive but very very minor complaint.
if you like western history and just know the basics of Texas and the Alamo you'll love this!
Overall, this is an excellent work about the Alamo. My ONLY complaint about the book is that Donovan quite often mispronounces names of key people/places. Otherwise, really well researched, written, and read.
I have been an active audio book listener for the past 15 years. I listen mainly to non fiction
I was torn between this Texas history book and others I am glad I made the choice of this book
I've been a member a lot longer than one year--that is all.
The book for me became quite tedious, more I think because of the narration than the material. I usually cling tenaciously to books I purchase, especially history, since I'm prepared from the outset that they often tend toward tedium. This time, however, I frequently fast forwarded, and sometimes skipped half chapters or more.
Its the top History book I have read via Audible or any other means
Hard to say. Davey Crockett, Jim Bowie and Sam Houston are all right up there!
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.
The fall fall of the Alamo
This is the best accounting of the Texas Revolution I have ever read. Very Highly recommended!
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.
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.
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.
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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