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Three Roads to the Alamo

William C. Davis

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ISBN 10: 0060173343 / ISBN 13: 9780060173340
Published by Harper Collins, New York, 1998
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Three Roads to the Alamo

Publisher: Harper Collins, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Based on his exhaustive research and unprecedented access to archives in Mexico, a historian strips away the myths surrounding Davey Crockett, Jim Bowie, William Travis, and the Alamo to reveal their role in the development of the West. National ad/promo.


Ever since the day in March 1836 when an obscure Spanish mission in Texas fell to Mexican forces led by President Santa Anna, Americans have been exhorted to "remember the Alamo." And remember it we do--primarily as the place where American folk legends Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William Travis met their end fighting for Texas independence. Though it is primarily the Alamo we remember today, the battle itself takes up just a few pages of William C. Davis's Three Roads to the Alamo; Davis is far more interested in what brought three such disparate men as Crockett, Bowie, and Travis to Texas in the first place than in how they died there. As any schoolchild knows, Davy Crockett was the "king of the wild frontier," a bona fide folk hero in his own time who rode his legend to political office first in Tennessee and then as a United States congressman. Bowie was both less well known and less heroic--a land speculator not above resorting to fraud and forgery to get what he wanted, while William Travis, the youngest of the three, brought little but potential with him to Texas.

Davis does a good job of illuminating both the personalities of his subjects and the situation in which they found themselves in Texas. He thoroughly explores the lives of these three men--their successes, their failures, their hopes for the future--and lays out the arguments for and against Texan independence from Mexico in which they found themselves embroiled. By the time Crockett, Bowie, and Travis finally arrive at the Alamo, it seems the inevitable conclusion to the roads they each have been traveling over the course of their lifetimes. Three Roads to the Alamo is a fine piece of historical research and an entertaining read, as well.

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