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Forget the Alamo by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford

Forget the Alamo

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Forget the Alamo by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford
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Jun 08, 2021 | ISBN 9781984880093

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“A zesty, journalistic, half history, half sendup about the battle of the Alamo and the myths that cling to it . . . Burrough, Tomlinson, and Stanford, all Texans, succeed brilliantly in their intent . . . this lively book is sure to cause plenty of interesting conversations in Texas. An iconoclastic, romping, bull’s-eye volley at an enduring sacred cow—popular history at its most engaging and insightful.” —Kirkus (starred) 

“Burrough, Tomlinson and Stanford boldly reappraise a legend that is foundational to Texas, and for that matter to America: the battle of the Alamo. What they’ve unearthed is an astounding century-long effort by the state’s Anglo grandees to repackage an embarrassing defeat as the very fountainhead of Lone Star heroism. Meticulously researched and engagingly written, Forget the Alamo is an all-too-timely tale of how a fable, told forcefully and frequently enough, makes its insidious way into the history books.” —Robert Draper, author of To Start A War

Forget the Alamo is all about myth-busting and icon-smashing. But anyone who thinks that in doing so the authors have simply ruined a perfectly good legend needs to think again. The true story of the Alamo is far more entertaining and complexly human than any amount of John Wayne swinging a musket from the battlements of a Texas fort. This is a ripping good tale, well told.” —S. C. Gwynne, author of New York Times bestsellers Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell

“A clear-sighted historical narrative of the founding story of Texas, full of surprising details that bust the Alamo myths we were taught in school. In a time of real racial reckoning, the heroes of the Alamo don’t get a pass. The authors deliver a page-turner you’ll read with pleasure, packed with insights that stick to your ribs.” —Elise Hu, NPR host-at-large

“As a native San Antonian, I grew up knowing only Hollywood’s version of how things went down at what became the ‘shrine of Texas liberty.’ In this lively book, Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford dig deep into Texas history to separate fact from legend—not only about the Alamo, but of the forces that produced Texas itself. It turns out reality is richer and more compelling than mythology.” —Karen Tumulty, Washington Post columnist and author of The Triumph of Nancy Reagan

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