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Jan 18, 2016 Theo Logos rated it really liked it · review of another edition
John Myers Myers, in the last sentences of his book, The Alamo, perfectly captures the essence of what this story means to America. He writes, "The Alamo isn't a structure now; it is a symbol of valor in the minds of men. It can never fall again." Though he closes with that thought, it is obvious that he wrote this history with the knowledge that this particular event is just as important as myth as it is as history, and that it presents unique challenges to the historian to distinguish between ...more
A very decent history of the Alamo. Myers gives enough of the backstory to make it interesting. It is a conventional rendering but with good scholarship. He dose discuss Bowie's slave smuggling, over all gives very short shrift to an issue which did play a bigger part in the factors that led to the war with the Mexicans.
Very informative historical account of the famous siege of The Alamo and the events leading up to the confrontation that changed the course of history for the Lone Star State and the United States. Central casitng could not have come up with a more colorful and compelling cast of characters than Jim Bowie, William Travis, Santa Anna, and Davy Crockett. Learned a lot!
This is an excellent historical book on a sentinel American historical event. The Alamo ultimately had a profound impact on what the USA ultimately became. I found many of the historical details rather fascinating. It is an excellent book.
Myers was born and grew up on Long Island, New York. He attended the University of New Mexico briefly, but was expelled for being one of the writers in a rebel newspaper, The Pariah. After extensive travel through Europe and the United States, Myers worked for the New York World and San Antonio Evening News. He was also an advertising copywriter. Myers served a short term in the U.S. Army during W ...moreMore about John Myers Myers...