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25 Oct 2012 12:13 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian25 Oct 2012 11:58 a.m. PST

Looking for suggestion for books to support a Community College level class.

Short historoes, historical fiction, etc. in the 180-300 page category. NOT for Wargamers but the typical 1000 level student.

ISBN and Title appreciated!

Dan Beattie Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2012 12:08 p.m. PST

Walter Lord's A Time to Stand.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian25 Oct 2012 12:11 p.m. PST


Larry Gettysburg Soldiers Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2012 1:32 p.m. PST

"Three Roads To The Alamo" by William C Davis
1998 Harper-Collins Publishers ISBN 0-06-093094-2

paperback, an excellent and detailed source for Alamo study, well researched and easy to read

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian25 Oct 2012 1:46 p.m. PST

Thanks again!

thosmoss25 Oct 2012 2:47 p.m. PST

I quite enjoyed:

The Gates of the Alamo by Stephen Harrigan
Paperback: 579 pages
ISBN-10: 0141000023

Historical fiction, longer than your requested range, but written more as an adventure than just history.

doc mcb25 Oct 2012 2:54 p.m. PST

I didn't much care for Harrigan because his characters were unlikable. But his description of Santa Anna's march through the Blue Norther is very much worth reading. And also that the Indian threat was still present.

Unfortunately the BEST Alamo book -- BLOOD OF NOBLE MEN -- is OP. The ALAMO SOURCEBOOK is 2nd best and also OP.

LINE IN THE SAND: THE ALAMO IN BLOOD AND MEMORY is very good, and the middle third covers the "2nd battle" between the two ladies over how to restore and present it, while the final third covers the movies, especially Fess Parker and John Wayne as Davy. If you plan to use the films as part of the class, you should at least read this yourself.

I always try to use parts of the three films -- Fess Parker, Wayne, and Thornton as Crockett. If you make "what is history" and "what makes a hero" major themes of the class, I think you need to use the films. I use just pieces of the first two and the entire last one.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2012 3:15 p.m. PST

Second Three roads, Duel of Eagles is good as well.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian26 Oct 2012 9:12 a.m. PST

Our Librarian thanks you!

CorroPredo26 Oct 2012 9:20 a.m. PST

13 Days to Glory by Lon Tinkle, Eyewitness to the Alamo and Defense of a Legend byBill Groneman. Just finished The Blood of Heroes by James Donovan, though it's longer than what you asked for. You might also be interested in The New Orleans Greys by Gary Brown (which I picked up at The Alamo giftshop). Not really fond of how he depicts some of the characters and it covers Goliad also, but at least it doesn't support the Crockett surrendered myth.

Captain DEwell Inactive Member26 Oct 2012 11:52 a.m. PST

Exodus from the Alamo: The Anatomy of the Last Stand Myth by Phillip Tucker

Contrary to movie and legend, we now know that the defenders of the Alamo in the war for Texan independence-including Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William B. Travis-did not die under brilliant sunlight, defending their positions against hordes of Mexican infantry. Instead the Mexicans launched a predawn attack, surmounting the walls in darkness, forcing a wild melee inside the fort before many of its defenders had even awoken.

Controversial, yet a worthy read.

jdpintex26 Oct 2012 2:16 p.m. PST

The Blood of Heroes by James Donovan. Good book. Covers events leading up to the Alamo as well.

jammy four Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Nov 2012 2:53 a.m. PST

anything by Gary Zaboly..a fount of Alamo Knowledge

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