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Exodus from the Alamo: The Anatomy of the Last Stand Myth

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The award-winning historian provides a provocative new analysis of the Battle of the Alamo--including new information on the fate of Davy Crockett.

Contrary to legend, we now know that the defenders of the Alamo during the Texan Revolution died in a merciless predawn attack by Mexican soldiers. With extensive research into recently discovered Mexican accounts, as well as
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Published March 15th 2010 by Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors (first published October 2008)
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Matt
Apr 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only real problem I've ever had with Texas is how it's filled with Texans.

Ah, Texans. Those gun-toting, Jesus-loving, Pace Picante Sauce-eating, Federal Government-despising hillbilly elitists, who like to pretend that people are looking down at them while they are, in fact, looking down on others.

I just needed to get that out of the way, so you know where I stand. Before I proceed to savage this book, it should be known that I'm not one to instinctively come to Texas's defense.

This is a
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Jimmie Aaron Kepler
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
If you remember the 1960 movie "The Alamo" with John Wayne and use it as your primary source for understanding the Alamo you will not like this work. The book presents an interpretation that is different from the traditional view and anything I previously encountered.

As I started reading I was at first shocked finding the book unsettling. It just wasn't the story being told the way I had learned. My family's roots are in Gonzales County, Texas near the Cost community.That is where the Battle of
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Cleokatra
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was slow reading for me, but it was interesting. I knew nothing about the Alamo going in. I think we covered it in about 5 minutes in my tenth grade U.S. history class. So, I learned a lot and I'm motivated to learn more, because this book revealed some gaps in my education.
Gina Denny
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm trying to parse out how I feel about this book without sounding like I'm just angry that someone is trying to destroy a cultural myth. Because I'm not mad about a cultural myth being "destroyed": I picked this book up because I wanted to know the other side of this Alamo story that we all grew up with.

What I didn't like, however, was all the thin arguments used to support this author's claim. He'd say that dozens of personal letters and local newspapers and journals all said one thing, but
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R
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
This could have been an intiguing and compelling argument, part of an important debate and re-examination of the myths surrounding the Texas Revolution. But it ultimately falls short because the author uses his own voice rather than the primary sources. To drive his points home, he repeatedly uses double superlatives, weakening instead of strengthening his persuasive force. I was very disappointed. I will keep it on my shelf but will look for other works that directly quote more primary sources.
Tfkreidler
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Good book on the history of the Alamo and how different it is from the John Wayne move of the Alamo.
Mick Meyers
May 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
this book I read with a bit of trepidation,a lover of all American history I found this to be biased towards the Mexicans,probably the author was trying to redress the balance.as with many points of historical interest there seems to be the odd book that deals with the dark side,or say things that others dare not.the facts and figures gathered were impressive it was only after I read the book,I then read the essay written by another reader which really goes into depth regarding the holes in the ...more
James Reichstadt
Good research but badly written

The point ,ade are excellent but this is more research paper than definitive work. Lots of repetition muddles the excellent detective work done by the author.
Albert
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Really good. It seems there was no "last stand".
Mike Wigal
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Repetitive. He could’ve written it in half the pages.
Andrew Tollemache
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I always like a good round of revisionist or iconoclastic history and Tucker's "Exodus from the Alamo" mostly delivers, but does have some weak spots. His main thesis is that instead of being the heroic last stand by freedom seeking Texans sacrificing themselves to buy Gen Sam Houston time to rally the troops and eventually attain independence at San Jacinto the Alamo represented a poorly planned and led hold out of an indefensible position by a bunch of "johnny come latelys" to Texas who ended ...more
Roy
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
It is obvious that a lot a research went into this book and I can certainly appreciate the time it took and the obvious passion the author has for the subject. However, it seems like the author has allowed for more of his emotions to seep into the work than should be, making it so that much of his conclusions have the feeling of the very myths he is trying to dispell. As soon as Santa Ana created his dictatorship, Mexico ceased to be the land of promise the author makes it out to be. Many of the ...more
Bob Croft
Aug 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Poorly organized and edited. Much repeated information; little chronology. However, interesting points. A dysfunctional garrison (divided by ethnicity, religion, politics, loyalty to commander), in a dysfunctional nation (Democrat vs Whig, old Texican vs American or other immigrant, regular vs volunteer army emphasis). Old Texicans were ambivalent about secession; they supported the 1824 Mexican constitution, under which they held their land; land grants to the new immigrants (Whigs, sometimes ...more
Sistermagpie
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Having just started a project where I have to research the Alamo, this was a difficult book to start with because Tucker's work is obviously being written in response to the standard Alamo myths. Since I've only vaguely known of the Alamo, a lot of those myths weren't very vivid to me. So it was sometimes confusing, for instance, to read references to Travis's "line in the sand" or the controversy over Crockett's death without the author laying them out for me to start with.

so on one hand, the
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Martin K
I own over 10 books on this battle and this is by far the most interesting.

The mystic of the Alamo has had interest since I first watched the Disney version of this event as a child.

Although the Disney version is laced with fiction it was a great gateway to this story. It is still not history.

Dr Tucker has given us a different and yet plausible theory of this "last stand" battle!
The book is well documented although sometimes the author appears to overstate his thesis.

I understand how some Texans
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Fredrick Danysh
A well written analysis of the legend of the Siege of the Alamo. While stating that the Pena Diary is suspect, he still bases many of his observations on it and other recently "discovered" documents. He attempts to make the Texas Revolution about slavery and land ignoring Santa Anna's violations of the Mexican Constitution and the role of Tejanos at the Alamo and in the Texas army. He ignores statements by adult female survivors and instead uses the faded memories late in life of a young boy at ...more
Sbfrazier
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Revisionist scholarly examination shedding light on what really happened at the battle of the Alamo, dispelling the myths and legends. based primarily on overlooked Mexican primary sources. A good read, but has a few flaws. Tucker, not a native Texan, makes some mistakes about basic Texas geography. Argues that the Texas War of Independence was based largely on the Texans desire to keep slavery, which Mexico had made illegal. Probably this played a large factor in the Texans cause, it is an ...more
Clif Smith
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book due to the fact that it presented some worthwhile research into the happenings at the Alamo. Most of it was attempting to dispel myths about the "last stand" events and how the tales are not historically accurate. It became fairly repititious as the author covered much of the same ground several times. My biggest problem was that it was one of the worst edited works i've seen in a long time. There were multiple typos or omissions or other mistakes. These made for ...more
Alex
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Exodus from the Alamo was a pretty good book. It seemed well researched and the author spent a good bit of time analyzing why certian sources weren't reliable and others were. Don't read it if you expect the history to follow the legend.
Rene Carlos
Excessively wordy and repetitive. Could have taken 240 pages to say what he used 340 pages for. Nonetheless, interesting new information to be considered within the historical record.
George
Feb 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Revisionist history from a decidely Mexican slant
Jay Douglass
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book convinces us what really happened at the Alamo on March 6, 1836 by filling many existing gaps in the historical record.
David Heard
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok


A lot of info I was not aware of but way too much repeating of facts
Shannon
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Extremely interesting but tough read
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Phillip Thomas Tucker, Ph.D. has won international acclaim for breaking new ground in history and in authoring nearly 65 books of unique distinction. In total, he is the author of 120 works in history, including books and scholarly articles. The majority of these groundbreaking books have a "New Look" focus, including five volumes of the "Harriet Tubman Series" to recognize one of the most ...more