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Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution, 1835-1836

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Hardly were the last shots fired at the Alamo before the Texas Revolution entered the realm of myth and controversy. French visitor Frederic Gaillardet called it a "Texian Iliad" in 1839, while American Theodore Sedgwick pronounced the war and its resulting legends "almost burlesque." In this new, highly readable history, Stephen L. Hardin discovers more than a little trut ...more
Paperback, 373 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by University of Texas Press (first published 1994)
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Dec 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I purchased this book in San Antonio after visiting the Alamo and other historic sites. It appears to be a good book for the military historian, but is not a compelling novel. The author reports that: 1. the separation of Texas, the southwest, from Mexico did not end Mexico's intent to recapture these lands, 2. the risk of invasion from Mexico did not end until the US's "War with Mexico" and the US occupation of Mexico City, 3. the heroism and sacrifice were real, and 4. the rebels won in spite ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Puts the reader on the ground to bring into focus the complexities of the fascinating history of Texas and those that played vital roles. The forces and circumstances that brought forth a republic are eye opening and they all seem to swell from the ridiculous and seemingly pompous ass Santa Ana and his Napoleon of the west thrifty methods of warfare and engagement. For his suspect military prowess, Santa Anna lacked the imagination to understand the disadvantage posed by the Kentucky long rifles ...more
Kenneth Barber
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book on the the Texas Revolution of 1835-36. It's not the typical glorification of the Texans. He discusses how disorganized the Texas population was concerning the revolution. Victory was achieved more on blunders by Santa Anna than Texian efforts. The Mexican policy of no prisoners led to atrocities at the Alamo and Goliad. These atrocities were repaid at San Jacinto. Interesting look at the Texas Revolution.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tremendous. Scrupulously fair, exhaustively researched, direct and unsparing in its critical appraisals, and utterly lacking in Anglo chauvinism or self-justifying triumphalism. At times I disagreed with the emphasis given to the significance of certain tactical factors (e.g. all Anglo victories coming in close terrain that benefitted sharp-shooting riflemen, etc.), but this is a very minor quibble. This book is the definitive military account of the Texas Revolution.
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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An interesting history of the events regarding the war for independence of Texas from Mexico. Addresses the fact that the war was over the Mexican dictator, Santa Anna de Lopez failing to abide by the Mexican Constitution of 1824. It also emphasizes that many hispanic Texicans sided with the revolutionary forces.
May 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book dashes some "texas/texan" stereotypes to the ground and firmly confirms others. The author did an excellent job of presenting the military history of the events surrounding the Alamo in a highly entertaining, unbiased, and informational manner while adding just enough "color" (from actual accounts of those involved in the incidents) to keep it all rolling.
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Very good narrative of the military history of the Texas Revolution all the way from Gonzales to San Jacinto. Gives multiple perspectives and tells the story in an objective way to undo some of the myths surrounding this conflict.
Brendan Steinhauser
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A concise military history of the Texas Revolution of 1835-36. A good book that raises interesting questions about the most famous battles of Texas history, but also describes the skirmishes and other small battles that led to Texas independence from Mexico. Well worth the read.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The book is a little redundant if the reader already knows a lot of Texas revolutionary history, but it does provide details and focus on the military, which many other books do not. It's a quick read for any Texan, and I would recommend it.
Carol Lea
Great book about the Texas Revolution. Well written and dispels stereotypes.
Lee Preiss
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A really well researched historical account. I enjoyed the point of view that didn't so much destroy the myths as make them more human. They fought and died for their beliefs and dreams.
Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Straightforward and mildly revisionist military history of the Texas Revolution. Outstanding illustrations.
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