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Author Rick Bass has won the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry and PEN/Nelson Algren Awards for his short fiction. With The Diezmo he crafts a stirring novel that sheds light on an extraordinary but little-known episode of Texas history.

When Sam Houston organizes an attack into Mexico, the gloryseeking Texans are overwhelmed. Captured, they face the terrible Diezmo - a game of chance that ensures every 10th man will be killed.

©2005 Rick Bass; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

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A part of Texas history you will never hear about in our school system. How much of it is folklore and how much of it is factual I will leave to the listener to decide. But it is very compelling and captivating story of presumptive decisions of early idealized youth with a lifetime of consequences that mold charact