The Alamo by Micheal Lind

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Michael Lind, a New Yorker staff writer and author of the incendiary account of the resurgent American right in Up from Conservatism and The Next American Nation, where he introduced the much-praised concept of the "overclass," has written an epic poem on one of the greatest events in U.S. history - the defense of the Alamo. Twelve years in the writing, it is a novel in verse by a sixth-generation Texan who is steeped in the lore and myth of the epic battle that was the forerunner of the Mexican War and a symbol of American resolve to fight to the death for independence. This is the first major epic poem to appear in the U.S. since Stephen Vincent Benet's best-selling John Brown's Body, which is still in print today, sixty years after its publication. And it will introduce a new generation of readers to a pivotal moment in our nation's history which has been mythologized but never recreated in such historically accurate fashion. Bringing to life the legendary figures in this drama - Da

About Micheal Lind

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Now the Whitehead Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, Michael Lind has been an editor or staff writer for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and The New Republic and writes frequently for the New York Times and the Financial Times.
Published March 6, 1997 by Houghton Mifflin. 351 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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That is so palpably false that even Michael Lind rejects the myth in a note to ''The Alamo.'' But he keeps the kamikaze purpose of the garrison in the poem itself: ''Sharing like women at a quilting bee, / they wove their suicidal strategy.'' And, since everyone was pledged to die, Mr. Lind canno...

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Versatile, prolific and ambitious, Lind is a staff writer at the New Yorker, author of heavyweight works of political journalism (Up from Conservatism;

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