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"Donovan's book readsfast, like a gallop through South Texas. You are carried through it. The Alamo is one of the greatest American stories, and he tells it in a sweeping, propulsive narrative that includes fine portraits of all of those wonderful, larger-than-life figures that have embedded themselves in the national lexicon: General Santa Anna, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, and William Barret Travis. A first-rate read from a fine historian." (author ofEmpire of the Summer MoonS.C. Gwynne)

"The best book on Texas history....This is a big deal.... It's probably the best nonfiction I have read about Texas, history told in a way that reads like fiction....The Blood of Heroesis a good book for anyone with a love of history." (Dallas Morning NewsMichael Merschel)

"The Blood of Heroesis surely the best account to date, one that presents plenty of new insights while acting as a corrective-or at least an alternative viewpoint-to previous accounts....Donovan combines that vital blend of authoritative scholarship with the vivid writing necessary to make an oft-told tale seem fresh." (Military History QuarterlyWilliam C. Davis)

"The best book on the battle [of the Alamo]...Donovan has a splendid sense of historical narrative...Those making their entrance into Alamo lore for the first time are well advised to begin withThe Blood of Heroes." (Houston ChronicleAllen Barra)

"Jim Donovan combines two exceptional talents-those of a first rate story teller and a first rate historian. InThe Blood of Heroes, he gives a new and compelling narrative version of one of the most dramatic stories in American History, while at the same time thoughtfully and conscientiously remaining anchored to the wide range of original sources- including many only recently come to light. I predict his book will be one of the best classics to remember the Alamo." (The Alamo Reader: A Study in HistoryTodd Hansen)

"An authoritative, moving retelling of an enduring episode of sacrifice and courage ...Donovan's thoroughly researched and agreeably told story focuses on the 13-day standoff, but he also supplies crucial context...Yes, the Alamo is remembered, but not without controversy. What really happened inside those battered walls? Did Travis really draw a line in the sand, asking all who would stand with him to step across it? Without breaking the flow of his compelling story, Donovan reliably separates fact from legend, persuasively assessing the evidence and artfully setting the scene." (Kirkus Reviews)
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review by . June 04, 2012
It seems that, in the past few years, several books have been published about the siege of the Alamo. I have read all of them, as best I know, and they all, each in their own way, have added to my knowledge of this tragic and heroic event in our history.      This latest book is quite comprehensive, in my estimation, and gave me new information that I had not known before reading it. I find that is normally true, particularly when a book covers a relatively well-known event. …
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