Exodus from the Alamo
The Anatomy of the Last Stand Myth
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A Selection of the Military and History Book Clubs A startling new analysis of one of America’s most glorious battles . . . Contrary to movie and legend, we now know that the defenders of the Alamo in the war for Texan independence—including Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William B. Travis—did not die under brilliant sunlight, defending their positions against hordes of Mexican infantry. Instead the Mexicans launched a predawn attack, surmounting the walls in darkness, forcing a wild melee inside the fort before many of its defenders had even awoken. In this book, Dr. Tucker, after deep research into recently discovered Mexican accounts and the forensic evidence, informs us that the traditional myth of the Alamo is even more off-base: most of the Alamo’s defenders died in breakouts from the fort, cut down by Santa Anna’s cavalry that had been pre-positioned to intercept the escapees. To be clear, a number of the Alamo’s defenders hung on inside the fort, fighting back every way they could. Captain Dickinson, with cannon atop the chapel (in which his wife hid), fired repeatedly into the Mexican throng of enemy cavalry until he was finally cut down. The controversy on Crockett still remains, though the recently authenticated diary of the Mexican de la Pena offers evidence that he surrendered. The most startling aspect of this book is that most of the Texans, in two gallantly led groups, broke out of the fort after the enemy had broken in, and the primary fights took place on the plain outside. Still fighting desperately, the Texans’ retreat was halted by cavalry, and afterward Mexican lancers plied their trade with bloodcurdling charges into the midst of the remaining resisters. Notoriously, Santa Anna burned the bodies of the Texans who had dared stand against him. As this book proves in thorough detail, the funeral pyres were well outside the fort—that is, where the two separate groups of escapers fell on the plain, rather than in the Alamo itself. PHILLIP THOMAS TUCKER earned his Ph.D. in American History from St. Louis University in 1990. The author or editor of more than 20 books on military history, several of which have won national and state awards for scholarship, he has worked as a U.S. Air Force Historian for nearly two decades in Washington, DC.
This is a biased, propagandized, load of garbage!
This guy is a reverse racist. I'm not defending the fact that a lot of the early Texian settlers were slave-owners, but this guy will not leave the subject alone. He compares the Alamo to Little Big Horn, two completely separate and unrelated actions on the basis that it is great, big, bad whitey versus little brown, inferior people. What a load of BS.
Then he alludes that we need to watch ourselves, because of this history of fighting weak brown people, in our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a member of the military for 15 plus years, and still a serving member who isn't biased towards our government (personal opinion is that they're too detached from the reality of life in America to make good decisions and there needs to be some serious changes before I trust any of them, even though I take my oath to serve seriously), I believe Iraq was a mistake. We did some good, but we didn't do things right. Afghanistan, on the other hand, is not us versus little weak brown people. It's a war to stop an evil terrorist regime from murdering innocent people on a mass scale (9-11-01 anyone?). We are leading the way for the civilized world to prevent anyone like the Al-Qaida-backed Taliban from taking over a country and turning it into a terrorist state, which Afghanistan was before we invaded.
This author does all this in the first chapter and his forward alone. I couldn't even get past this part of the book before I stopped reading this biased propaganda. It's a load of crap. If you want to read a non-bias, well-researched book that questions the veracity of the accepted story of the battle of the Alamo, read 'Alamo Traces' by Thomas Ricks Lindley. He truly did a lot of research, supports every questioned Alamo subject with a least 40 references, sometimes 100 references, of historical documents from both the Texan and Mexican side. Even then, he doesn't personally say 'This is what happened'. He says 'This is my conclusion; read the facts I have collected and analyzed; believe what you want, that is your choice'.
In conclusion, Exodus from the Alamo is a load of crap. Take my word for it before you spend money on this book like I did. Gave it on star because iTunes won't let me post this review without giving it some sort of rating. Negative 5 stars rating if I could.
An excellent read, but with one caveat
The author goes to great length to delve deeply into Mexican eyewitness sources to tell the TRUE story of the events of the Alamo.
Not only are journals and diaries thoroughly explored, but the background of U.S. and Mexican motivations of the time are introduced, especially the need for Texas to maintain its slavery population that Mexico had previously banned. The only way Texas could maintain its slaves is to leave México and join the U.S. as a slave state.
The only difficulty with the book is its editing or, more precisely, the lack of it. Much repetition and wandering thoughts are confusing to the reader challenged with a lot of new information never considered from the totally biased stories told from the U.S. perspective only.
Kudos to the author for a fascinating look into history we all KNEW, but had no clue to the real story. Now, if it can be more carefully edited, it should be great material for a movie version.