Publication: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc, 1958, New York
First edition. 8vo. Two-tone cloth and boards, 255  pp., acknowledgments, illustrated, epilogue, notes, principal sources, an Alamo calendar, 1835-1836. Reviewed on p.41 of A.C.Greene's, THE 50 BEST BOOKS ON TEXAS. This is the story of the siege of the Alamo, when 183 determined men waited for reinforcements that never came. A meticulously detailed story of the stand made by a handful of American soldiers against the army of the ruthless dictator of Mexico, Santa Anna. "Mexican intrigue, the tangled skein of United States and Texan politics, the personal resentments of settlers and empire builders all entered the picture, as a segment of the Texas Volunteer Army waited in the half-ruined fortress mission of the Alamo. On February 23, 1836, Santa Anna's army appeared without warning, and a few civilians threw in their lot with the waiting soldiers. From the start the fight was hopeless; by March 6th it was over, when the Mexican broke through and slaughtered every soldier, sparing only civilian woman and children. Jim Bowie, William Travis, Davy Crockett and 180 others were among the dead." This is the most readable account of the Alamo. Lightly foxed on the fore-edges, lightly stained on front and rear fly leafs, lightly rubbed along bottom edge in a lightly rubbed dust jacket.
Inventory Number: 19310