Creating Texas - A Brief History of the Revolution
by Jeffrey Dane and Rod Timanus
(Note: 2014 Winner of the Academy of Western Artist's Elmer Kelton Award for Best Non Fiction)
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If you found the History Channel's Texas Rising Series interesting, you'll want to round out your understanding of Texas history with Creating Texas. It's history that mesmerizes.
Even today, countless people at large believe there were no survivors of the Battle of the Alamo. This book goes beyond simple documentation to dispel some myths and clarify some of the realities. The authors don’t decorate or revise history but try to illuminate it, and to show not the shadow but the substance of the subject. Seldom-addressed facts, details and vignettes are woven into the tapestry of the text to tell the entire story of the Texas Revolution, which had its own sweeping and extensive aftermath. In the attempt to pierce the armor and enter the sanctum of early 19th-century personality and character, this book also includes biographical sketches of the major and minor participants — key foreground players as well as everyday background folks, on both sides of this monumental struggle. A special section is devoted to the three most iconic Alamo defenders, often referred to collectively as “The Alamo’s Holy Trinity”: William Barret Travis, the garrison’s 26-year-old commander; David Crockett, one of the oldest combatants to die in the battle; and James Bowie, perhaps the most misunderstood of all Alamo defenders, and a classic, enduring historical example of the common trap in which an exception becomes the rule. As prophets aren’t appreciated in their own lands, none of these three men were native to the area but each has become legendary. Those who were part of the Texas Revolution — brave people, young and old, and on both sides of the conflict, who lived and suffered through it and others who died during it — were as alive then as we are today. This book is in paperback. Order now. Price includes shipping and handling.
"Written clearly and succinctly, provides details and fascinating trivia rarely seen in other publications." - Roundup Magazine.
"Bravo to Jeffrey Dane and Rod Timanus. "Creating Texas: A Brief History Of The Revolution" is a concise, generously illustrated, readable account of the Texian revolution, whether for the novice to Texas history, or the die-hard buff who needs another Alamo/Texian War fix. It's important to note that over half the book is dedicated to the biographies of the people who participated in the forming of the Texas Republic, from luminaries like Sam Houston and Davy Crockett, on down to lesser-known and celebrated persons like Dilue Rose, Juan Seguin, and Sara McClure. These two seasoned writers and historians know what they are talking about and this book belongs on your shelf." - Ned Huthmarker
"The boys did a nice job. It is a great general readership book and, between Jeffrey's biographies and Rod's history timeline, the reader gets an opportunity to really identify with the Alamo story -- and the whole war -- from a ground-level view through people with whom we can identify. As someone deeply into the historical details of the Alamo and the Texas War for Independence of 1835-1836, I find myself surprisingly at a loss when it comes to suggesting one book that says it all in ways "normal" people can understand. Dane and Timanus have provided such a book." -Richard Curilla
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