The Blood of Heroes by James Donovan audiobook

The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation

By James Donovan
Read by James Donovan

Little, Brown & Company, Hachette Book Group 9780316053747
12.13 Hours Unabridged
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On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican army led by dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to about 175 Texas rebels holed up in the Alamo. The Texans refused to surrender for nearly two weeks until almost 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a final assault. The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a free and independent Texas-but in the end, they were all slaughtered. Their ultimate sacrifice inspired the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" and eventual triumph. Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon fresh primary sources in U.S. and Mexican archives, The Blood of Heros is the definitive account of this epic battle. Populated by larger-than-life characters -- including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barret Travis -- this is a stirring story of audacity, valor, and redemption.

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On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican army led by dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to about 175 Texas rebels holed up in the Alamo. The Texans refused to surrender for nearly two weeks until almost 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a final assault. The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a free and independent Texas-but in the end, they were all slaughtered. Their ultimate sacrifice inspired the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" and eventual triumph.

Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon fresh primary sources in U.S. and Mexican archives, The Blood of Heros is the definitive account of this epic battle. Populated by larger-than-life characters -- including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barret Travis -- this is a stirring story of audacity, valor, and redemption.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Combines strong narrative chops with exhaustive research…By the time the shooting starts, we’ve established an emotional connection to the characters that makes them all the more poignant and tragic…The carnage of the battle, which culminates with the slaughter of the defenders by bayonet-wielding Mexican soldiers, makes for brutal reading. But this wasn’t the ersatz violence of a football game; it was the real thing, which is what we’re supposed to remember. After reading The Blood of Heroes, which sears the events of 1836 on our memories as if branding cattle, no one is likely to forget.” USA Today
“Underscores why the men who fell at the Alamo are rightly seen as heroes whose sacrifice inspired a people to see their situation aright, and to prevail. James Donovan has told their story well. Blood of Heroes is just the book for anyone who in unacquainted with the great story of the Alamo or who wants to dig deeper into the history of the Texas Revolution.” Wall Street Journal
“Donovan’s gripping book is history at its best—exactingly sourced and written with a vividness that challenges you to put it down.” Washington Times
“Donovan demonstrates convincingly that the actual events of the extended struggle for the Alamo were just as dramatic as screenwriters imagined them. A crucible moment in American history author comes alive in the words of a bestselling author.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review
“Drawing on plenty of research and primary sources from both sides of the conflict, Donovan breathlessly re-creates the thirteen-day skirmish.” Publishers Weekly
“Donovan underscores his strengths as a writer—a flair for detail and story—with his own narration, which skillfully conveys the drama of the event. With a youthful, slightly gravelly voice, he is superbly cast to narrate:One can imagine him as one of the young volunteers who manned the doomed fort.” AudioFile
“Without breaking the flow of his compelling story, Donovan reliably separates fact from legend, persuasively assessing the evidence and artfully setting the scene. An authoritative, moving retelling of an enduring episode of sacrifice and courage.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: James Donovan

Author Bio: James Donovan

James Donovan is the author of three bestselling books of history, Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Appollo 11, The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo—and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation, and A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn—the Last Great Battle of the American West.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Runtime: 12.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English