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Tinkle did a "fine job of research and excellent job of reporting" in his recounting the siege of the Alamo. "The narrative is swift, the description lucid" (LJ 4/15/58).
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“The story of the Alamo has been written many times but never so well as by the late Lon Tinkle, professor of French and comparative literature at Southern Methodist University.”--author and book editor of the Dallas Morning News
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Product Details

  • Series: Southwest Landmarks (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; Reissue edition (February 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890967075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890967072
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I needed this book for my college class and I will say that I actually enjoyed reading it.
Rebecca
If you enjoy the books of David McCullough and are looking for a good book on the Alamo look no further.
Matthew Kresal
We have a pretty good understanding of the sequence of events of the battle for independence.
Larry

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 18, 2000
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Dr. Tinkle's account of the Battle of the Alamo has, in some ways, been a life-forming book. It was in these pages (as a child in the early 1960s) that the heroic/epic myth of the Alamo became realized to me. What culture (native Celt-German-Texan) had begun in me, and what Disney and the Duke has fueled, became a way of life after reading Tinkle's account of the events now carved in stone in our national conscious. Col. Wm. Barrett Travis' mythical drawing of the line in the courtyard (whether true or not, true myth becomes myth made true) became a model for life. The pattern has been repeated dozen's of times: find a worthy cause, draw a line, get massacred. I owe it all to this book. Get a copy if you can.

While the recent Texian Illiad by Stephen Hardin, and Stephen Harrigan's The Gates of the Alamo are both good reads (Gates of the Alamo sits on my nightstand, waiting its turn) that do much to shed both historical light on the battle, and dispel popular revisionist histories (the probably forged De la Pena's Diaries being the worst), Thirteen Days to Glory remains my sentimental favorite, the stuff that myths are made of, and fed by.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1999
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I am 11 yrs. old and a big history buff. "13 Days to Glory" gives you very good information and insight on the Alamo. I have read other books on the Alamo and they were not solely based on fact, but rather written for entertainment purposes.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bret M. Duff on January 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
While profound, Travis's words: "Don't surrender, boys" (spoken in Spanish) - tell only part of this story of the Siege of the Alamo. But because of the circumstances surrounding the battle (no Texan Survivors) there is no way to ever truly know all of the events surrounding those final days. Yes this is not the only book on the subject that one should read if you want a well-rounded impartial view of these events. Regardless it makes for good reading and I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Texas revolt and it's ramifications. Many still affecting us to this day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kresal on July 30, 2009
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My grandmother picked up a copy of this book for me sometime ago during a visit to Texas and I've have recently (and finally) gotten to read it. Not knowing much about the Alamo I was intrigued to finally be able to read an account of the famous 1836 battle. While I am not an expert on the events depicted in the book I will say this: 13 Days To Glory is a highly readable piece of historical writing.

The book's author, the late Lon Tinkle, gives the book a feeling that is both epic and yet personal. In a style reminiscent (or rather pre) of the works of David McCullough, Tinkle gives us a fine and (considering the book's length of 237 pages of actual text) detailed account of the siege of the Alamo and the battle that followed it. Tinkle weaves a narrative that ranges from the Alamo mission to around Texas and in Mexico as well. Like any fine piece of historical writing, even if one knows the eventual outcome the book should still be able to grip the reader and Tinkle does this almost effortlessly as he makes every messenger sent out, every minor skirmish and eery incident cause the reader to fip the page aiting to see what will happen next. Eventually the page turning leads to the battle itself. Tinkle's approximately thirty-five page account of the battle itself ranks as a masterful and fascinating piece not only of historical writing but as a fine piece of storytelling as well.

Yet while painting an epic tale of the siege and battle of the Alamo, Tinkle (like the later day works of David McCullough) keeps the story on the personal level as well. Much of the book's description of the siege is intertwined with the lives of those participating in the battle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Zanders on August 22, 2009
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Lon Tinkle, the author of THIRTEEN DAYS TO GLORY, must have done the most arduous research for this graphic and vivid description of the siege of the Alamo. This is perhaps the all-time most authoritative print description of the day by day, moment by moment events of the historic struggle for (Texas) independence. This volume represents a masterful effort of research and re-telling.

What I do NOT understand is why this book is not available in the gift and curio shop in the Alamo. This shop sells dozens of books of all kinds about the ALAMO, but the most definitive and well-written THIRTEEN DAYS TO GLORY is sadly missing on the shelves.

Equally sad is the fact that this classic is currently out of print. I had difficulty chasing down a used paper-back copy of it.

John Zanders
Houston, TX.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bret M. Duff on January 23, 2000
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While profound, Travis's words: "Don't surrender, boys" (spoken in Spanish) - tell only part of this story of the Siege of the Alamo. But because of the circumstances surrounding the battle (no Texan Survivors) there is no way to ever truly know all of the events surrounding those final days. Yes this is not the only book on the subject that one should read if you want a well-rounded impartial view of these events. Regardless it makes for good reading and I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Texas revolt and it's ramifications. Many still affecting us to this day.
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