Forget The Alamo: The Rise And Fall Of An American Myth
  • Forget The Alamo: The Rise And Fall Of An American Myth
  • Forget The Alamo: The Rise And Fall Of An American Myth
  • Forget The Alamo: The Rise And Fall Of An American Myth
  • Forget The Alamo: The Rise And Fall Of An American Myth
ISBN: 1984880098
EAN13: 9781984880093
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 8, 2021
Pages: 416
Weight: 1.51 lbs.
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Book Overview

A New York Times bestseller

Lively and absorbing. . . -- The New York Times Book Review

Engrossing. --Wall Street Journal

Entertaining and well-researched . . . --Houston Chronicle

Three noted Texan writers combine forces to tell the real story of the Alamo, dispelling the myths, exploring why they had their day for so long, and explaining why the ugly fight about its meaning is now coming to a head.

Every nation needs its creation myth, and since Texas was a nation before it was a state, it's no surprise that its myths bite deep. There's no piece of history more important to Texans than the Battle of the Alamo, when Davy Crockett and a band of rebels went down in a blaze of glory fighting for independence from Mexico, losing the battle but setting Texas up to win the war. However, that version of events, as Forget the Alamo definitively shows, owes more to fantasy than reality. Just as the site of the Alamo was left in ruins for decades, its story was forgotten and twisted over time, with the contributions of Tejanos--Texans of Mexican origin, who fought alongside the Anglo rebels--scrubbed from the record, and the origin of the conflict over Mexico's push to abolish slavery papered over. Forget the Alamo provocatively explains the true story of the Read More chevron_right

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5
   Can’t put it down!
This non fiction book about the evolution of the Alamo myth by Raymond Floyd is very well written, so I am having a hard time putting it down! I'm in the middle of the book, and can't wait to get back to it. The authors start by building suspense from the moment the battle took place, through the aftermath and the myth building that has lasted for 200 years. A fresh approach to the many times written about the battle of the Alamo. The second half of the book deals with the scholarly authors' "hooks" which make the reader read. It's a brilliant technique, and necessary, Bruno said. There are also photos and maps that add to the story. There is a wealth of documentation, bibliographies and an index of all sorts of non-fiction. I love the Alamo! It's great to be back home, said Blair.
 
5
   VERY well written and researched!
This really is longer and more complicated than I originally expected, Mr. Dhaliwal said. Like a reference book, this one is very well written and very useful. The myth we all learned in school is just that....a myth and fiction. Gov Greg Abbott has a solution: abolish the entire thing. Our schools are not the only places where political correctness is prevalent. Of course, Texas schoolchildren should be taught that Alamo defenders were 'Heroic'! — Texas governor Greg Abbott, Twitter, 2018 This book explains how and why the racist attitude is everywhere in Texas, and even more so at the Alamo itself. Most Texans aren't even aware that the battles between Texans and Mexico were primarily about slavery, Ret. said. I really recommend this book to learn the truth about how the battle of the Alamo evolved and has continued to this day, said Dr. Abraham Lincoln.
 
5
   A must read that sets straight the legends
The first book describes the legend and then the reality of the Alamo, the men and women involved, and the exact reasons for the battle. It also tells the story of the founding of the Republic and its basis in racism and slavery. The second part of the book describes what modern Texans have embraced about the Alamo—and how the legend has been and is being used to hide the darker truths of the story, and how even today it is taught in Texas schools in a highly racist manner. This book is well researched and written with a light style that makes it a joy to read, Michael Schweer said. A must-have for anyone who loves history unvarnished.
 
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   Entertaining and Conversational
Spoiler alert: It's about slavery. This book is written in a conversational tone and relays lots of amusing anecdotes while telling the story of the Alamo. The original story of the mutiny was recounted by the writer as a motivational tool for the rebellion against Mexico, who had the audacity to want to enforce abolition within their own borders. The second part of the story deals with time travel.
 
5
   I opened this book and could not stop until the last page
A very well researched book that revealed for the first time the slave ownership issues in Texas and immigration from the east, land grabbing and might make right history of the USA, said Dr. Abraham Lincoln. I did not know that the new Republic of Mexico prohibited slave ownership, he said. More interesting to me because my Grandfather's ranch in Brackettville was about 30 miles south of Waco. Dad was an extra in the movie. Phil Collins's book reveals his obsession with the Alamo myth and his suspect purchase decisions for Alamo memorabilia. Good Book.
 
5
   The Big Lie
I visited the Alamo and I'm very much in agreement with the authors. History is written by the winners and distorted by the press, Taylor said. John Wayne's version of the Alamo is an exaggerated version of the battle. This book is a must read.
 
5
   The facts are now out in “Forget the Alamo”
I find it interesting that knowledgeable people who write for a living in major newspapers, magazines and websites, too. The reviewer wrote great reviews, but then random customers were threatened by historical fact and the truth of events. As a major history at the University of Texas at Austin, I always served with real-time factual versions of our state's past. In a campaign I did years ago -- a Texan vs a Tennessee fellow -- we had the not so original buttons Remember the Alamo,'' made by mistake. I now know the accurate and legitimate, step by step, interesting things that happened _ find an as all get out real life chapter on that part of our Texas history. There is no doubt that the Alamo is a prestigious mission and there should be "truth" in this mission's historical charge and reputation, he said. Now these three gentlemen have put it there.
 
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   Troubles the ridiculous myths
As a fifth generation Texan who had to take Texas history what felt like every year from seventh grade on, I am most grateful to these authors for this clear-eyed explanation of what happened, what the motives were, and how the tale was warped all to hell in the re-telling. It's a desperately needed corrective to all the dewy eyed, hand-on-heart nostalgia that paints these guys as Jesus in Buckskin driven by nothing but a love of 'freedom'.
 
5
   Excellent correction to Texas myth
This is an amazing history of the battle of the Alamo and the events surrounding that helps politically correct stories about the Alamo like John Wayne's embarrassing movie. Given the fact that Texas joined the Confederacy just 25 years after the Alamo, it's bizarre we need a book to remind us why we broke away from slavery.
 
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   The Usual Revisionist Nonsense
The Harrisons are the first to admit they were wrong. It completely ignores the historical fact that the Alamo was only a small part of a Mexico-wide revolt against the dictatorship Santa Anna, after he had overthrown the legitimate Mexican government, dissolved the Senate and installed a new government.
 
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