The Blood of Heroes by James Donovan

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11 Critic Reviews

Mr. Donovan’s gripping book is history at its best — exactingly sourced and written with a vividness that challenges you to put it down.
-Washington Times

Synopsis

On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican army led by dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to about 175 Texas rebels holed up in the Alamo. The Texans refused to surrender for nearly two weeks until almost 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a final assault. The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a free and independent Texas-but in the end, they were all slaughtered. Their ultimate sacrifice inspired the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" and eventual triumph.

Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon fresh primary sources in U.S. and Mexican archives, THE BLOOD OF HEROES is the definitive account of this epic battle. Populated by larger-than-life characters--including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barret Travis--this is a stirring story of audacity, valor, and redemption.
 

About James Donovan

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James Donovan is the author of the bestselling A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn-the Last Great Battle of the American West. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
 
Published May 15, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 483 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Blood of Heroes
All: 11 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 15 2012

An authoritative, moving retelling of an enduring episode of sacrifice and courage.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
May 21 2012

Drawing on plenty of research and primary sources from both sides of the conflict, Donovan breathlessly recreates the 13-day skirmish...

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Terry Eastland on Jun 01 2012

"Blood of Heroes" is just the book for anyone who is unacquainted with the great story of the Alamo or who wants to dig deeper into the history of the Texas Revolution.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Joseph Goulden on Aug 10 2012

Mr. Donovan’s gripping book is history at its best — exactingly sourced and written with a vividness that challenges you to put it down.

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USA Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Kevin Nance on Jun 04 2012

After reading The Blood of Heroes, which sears the events of 1836 on our memories as if branding cattle, no one is likely to forget.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Dale Walker on May 11 2012

In The Blood of Heroes, Donovan has created a mighty book on a subject of reverent significance to Texans and momentous in the unfolding of American history.

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Denver Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Barra on May 20 2012

With the skill of a historical detective, Donovan pieces together the most plausible account of what happened... His conclusions will intrigue many longtime students of the campaign and anger others, but Donovan backs his assertions with solid research.

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HistoryNet

Excellent
Reviewed by William Davis on May 03 2012

The result is surely the best account to date, one that presents plenty of new insights while acting as a corrective—or at least an alternative viewpoint—to previous accounts.

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Broken Teepee

Good
Reviewed by Patty Woodland on May 21 2012

The details included made the book move right along like a novel and I am now further educated on another piece of this country's history without feeling like I had to slog through a history lesson.

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Jagged Edge Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Ethan on Jul 01 2012

Despite being a work of nonfiction, the story feels like a well-written novel, always describing interesting details while never sacrificing the pace of the action.

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Rhodes Review

Good
Reviewed by Rick Rhodes on Jun 14 2012

If you’re a fan of history, a Texan, or just a fan of history, then you should pick this up.

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