Sam Houston by James L. Haley

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In the decades preceding the Civil War, few figures in the United States were as influential or as controversial as Sam Houston. In Sam Houston, James L. Haley explores Houston’s momentous career and the complex man behind it. Haley’s fifteen years of research and writing have produced possibly the most complete, most personal, and most readable Sam Houston biography ever written. Drawn from personal papers never before available as well as the papers of others in Houston’s circle, this biography will delight anyone intrigued by Sam Houston, Texas history, Civil War history, or America’s tradition of rugged individualism.

Sam Houston is the winner of numerous awards, including:

T. R. Fehrenbach Book Award, Texas Historical Commission

Coral Horton Tullis Memorial Prize, Texas State Historical Association

Spur Award, Biography, Western Writers of America

 

About James L. Haley

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James L. Haley " is an independent scholar living in Austin, Texas. He is the author of numerous books, including The Buffalo War: The History of the Red River Indian Uprising of 1874 and Apaches: A History and Culture Portrait (OU Press).
 
Published April 1, 2002 by University of Oklahoma Press. 544 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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He also may have cut his narrative a bit too deeply to remain within his "contractual length of a quarter-million words": the American war with Mexico, for example, so crucial to Houston and to Texas, gets particularly short treatment.

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Some of the disparity comes naturally from the fact that Austin died in December 1836 while Houston lived another twenty-seven years, during which time he served twice as president of the Republic of Texas, Texas senator to the U.S. Congress, and governor of the state on the eve of the Civil War.

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