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The Alamo

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  78 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Although The Alamo fell in the early morning of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of liberty. The memories of James Bowie, Davy Crockett, and William B. Travis are as powerful today as when the Texan Army routed Santa Anna to the cry "Remember the Alamo!" This book is more than a tribute to those who f ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Hyperion (first published 2001)
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Wendyb1063
Apr 11, 2015 Wendyb1063 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was going to San Antonio for the first time and wanted to brush up on the history of the Alamo. Although I love immersing myself in both detailed histories and lengthy historical fiction, I was looking for something fairly light and short enough to read on the plane down to Texas that would give me an overview of the battle of the Alamo, what led up to it, and what followed from it. This novelization was a good choice for this purpose. It taught me enough to understand what I was seeing at the ...more
Jacob
May 31, 2013 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very interesting book that detailed the events that took place at one of the most important battle sites during the Texan War for independence the Alamo. The book detailed the thirteen day siege of the barracks by the Mexican army lead by Santa Ana. It also described the heroics of the defenders including those of William Travis, James Bowie, and Davie Crockett along with the Tennessee volunteers. The book talks about the cultural impact the battle had on Texas history and how i ...more
Ricki Ward
Feb 20, 2013 Ricki Ward rated it liked it
In Texas, the tale of the Alamo is a familiar one and the names Bowie, Crockett, Travis, and Houston are as well known as Washington and Lincoln. The image of the Alamo defenders stepping across the line drawn in the sand is etched into your brain and you learn the phrases "Come and Take It," "Victory or Death," and "Remember the Alamo!" at an early age. As a native Texan and history lover, I'm naturally drawn to stories of the Alamo and the fight for Texas Independence, so when I saw this versi ...more
Hannah
Nov 10, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly informative and (I thought) entertaining. The book covers historical background and setting of the Alamo battle as well as the cultural impact it has had. Thompson is apparently a "Alamophile" as most of the many illustrations scattered throughout the book have the credit, "from the author's collection". The book is full of cool little stories: Apparently
John F Kennedy visited [the Alamo] in 1965, giving rise to the priceless (and possibly apocryphal) anecdote. Standing inside the church
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Rita
Mar 06, 2014 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This book was based on the movie. It was actually pretty well done and kept my interest, there was plenty of background, drama and action. I do not know how historically accurate it is, but from what little I know about the actual Alamo battle and the eventual defeat of Santa Ana, it may not be too far off.
Fredrick Danysh
One of the most famous battles in modern history, the second Battle of the Alamo is steeped in legend, myth, and controversy. The abandoned Spanish mission was defended against orders by less than two hundred men in the against Santa Anna de Lopez, dictator of Mexico. The thirteen day standoff gave the Texas Army a change to organize and provided a rallying cry for battle. Many last ditch efforts since then have been portrayed as Alamo type stands. The author explores the leaders on both sides a ...more
Nick
Mar 12, 2010 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating history behind the origins of Texas and the conflict between the frontiersmen of Texas and the Mexican army lead by Santa Ana. Devastating leadership mistakes made by the Texans cost hundreds of lives.

Interesting biography of sorts into the person of Santa Ana, too. He was power hungry, had a keen strategic military mind but was also crazy ruthless when it came to the lives of others, even his own men. But when it came down to his own welfare and life, he was nothin' but a yellow-be
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Mady
Jan 16, 2011 Mady rated it did not like it
Shelves: mine, 2004
The story based on the screenplay on the film. Maybe because it was written based on the screenplay instead of being the basis for a screenplay, I didn't really liked it... too many names made it hard for me to distinguish the different characters. And it seems to me the movie should be quite bloody and violent. Anyway, it was interesting to get to know a bit more of the Alamo's story :)
Nataraj Sundar
May 12, 2013 Nataraj Sundar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Does no justice to such an event, this book is more like screenplay for a movie. The writing is amateurish.
Jerry Hinson
Apr 30, 2014 Jerry Hinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. based on the movie with billy bob thornton
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