James Donovan

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James Donovan at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

James Donovan’s The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo – and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation is a stunningly comprehensive account of not only the Battle of the Alamo, but of the myriad events that led to the conflict in the mission nearby. Donovan details the initial settling of Texas, Santa Anna’s rise to power in Mexico, and the actions of Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston during the growing unrest of a pre-revolution Texas. Then, aided by maps of both San Antonio de Béxar (as San Antonio was then known) and Texas itself during the time of the Revolution and various portraits and photographs of important figures of the conflict, he recounts the narrative of the Alamo itself. Through Colonel William Travis’ pleas for more aid to defend the mission, the arrival of Davy Crockett, and the eventual 13-day siege which culminated in the most famous battle in Texas history on March 6, 1836, “the result is the best narrative history of the Alamo since Walter Lord's 1961 classic, ‘A Time to Stand,’” according to The Wall Street Journal. Donovan is a well-established historian and author of the bestselling book A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn – the Last Great Battle of the American West. He currently lives in Dallas.

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