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Blood of Noble Men: The Alamo Siege and Battle Hardcover – April, 1999

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At last an Alamo book that gives us a day-by-day account utilizing the wide spectrum of participant accounts. Native Texan Alan Huffines has given us the Alamo book for the end of the century with magnificent illustrations by renowned historical artist Gary Zaboly. Huffines manages to present the Alamo story in a straightforward manner without becoming bogged down in historical and emotional diatribes that have so plagued recent Alamo works. Alamo students will definitely want this one for easy reference while it is the one book Alamo visitors should have with them while visiting the site. Every Alamo book has its faults, but this is a work that has been needed for years. --The Journal of the Alamo Battlefield Association --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Alan C. Huffines is an eighth-generation Texan, Persian Gulf War veteran, and retired active duty combat arms officer. He holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in history and has been published in Military Collector and Historian and The Journal of the Alamo Battlefield Association. Huffines is a member of the Company of Military Historians, Texas State Historical Association, the Alamo Society, National Guard Association of Texas, National Infantry Association (Lone Star Chapter) and is a charter board member of the Alamo Battlefield Association. He and his wife, the former Caroline Cotham, have four children and make their home in Buffalo Gap, Texas. This was his first book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Eakin Pr; 1st edition (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571681949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571681942
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan C. Huffines is a retired military officer and combat veteran of two conflicts. He is the author of "Blood of Noble Men: The Alamo Siege and Battle, an Illustrated Chronology", "A Pilgrim Shadow", "The Texas War of Independence", and "Killed by Indians 1871." He serves as military editor for True West and as a columnist for Working Ranch magazines. He has provided historical work on numerous feature films and documentaries. He was a featured author at the 1999 and 2001 Texas Book Festival and has appeared on CSPAN's "Book TV."
He is an eighth generation Texan and married to the former Caroline Cotham of North Carolina; they have four children and make their home in Buffalo Gap, Texas.

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Format: Hardcover
This book is the ultimate reference to the celebrated Siege of the Alamo, February-March 1836. It is not only nourishment for the mind and imagination of every Alamo buff, but also a feast for the eyes. Alan C. Huffines has created a vivid picture of those thirteen desperate days by weaving together the accounts of actual eyewitnesses. Despite his Texan heritage, he has handled the material with utter objectivity, as seen in his treatment of the death of Davy Crockett. He also provides evidence that fifty or more Texans tried to escape the doomed fort after the Mexicans scaled the walls, only to be cut down by enemy cavalry. There are plenty of examples of Texian bravery in this book, but none of the ethnocentric cover-ups that have marred so many other Alamo studies. Among the book's many selling points are the more than 50 sketches by Gary S. Zaboly. Zaboly is not only a gifted artist, but also a widely renowned, prize-winning Alamo historian. His thorough knowledge of the weapons, equipment, and uniforms (or lack thereof) of the opposing sides, plus the Alamo and its environs, allow him the recapture important moments in the siege with undisputed mastery. _Blood of Noble Men_ will bring the modern reader as close to the fight for the Alamo -- as it actually happened and as it actually looked -- as he or she is likely to get. Bravo!
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The great-looking jacket foretells the quality of this book. Using a much-needed fresh approach, the author places all the first hand accounts in chronological order. There are 13 chapters, one for each day of the siege. Each events is told from several different perspectives, allowing the reader to hear from all sides and discern the credibility of the teller. The author allows the participants to tell it themselves without inserting editorial interpretation into the text. He gingerly uses footnotes to explain terminology or correct obvious mistakes. Each chapter has a short introduction and a battlefield map which show the location of the events of the day's events. This technique allows the reader to glean little known details about the siege that were previously assumed to be mystery.
The FORTY illustrations and battlefield maps add a new level of understanding of the occurances of the siege as never-before illustrated scenes come to life from Gary Zaboly's skillful pen. (The cost of the book is worth these alone.)
This is my favorite Alamo book and I have already given many as gifts. It is not only enjoyable reading , but a handsome book- suitable to be the centerpiece of any history display. However, its true worth is that it empowers even the novice historian with the information to decide for himself if Travis really drew a line in the sand, how many defenders were there, and how Davy Crockett might have died, etc...
Those that were there tell you.
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Of all the books I have read about the Alamo battle, "The Blood of Noble Men" is the one which I find most engrossing. Alan Huffines' book derives its excitement from two sources: the words of the men (and women) who were actually there, and the vivid drawings by Gary Zaboly. Huffines gives us a day-by-day chronicle of the siege and fall of the Alamo which is constructed almost entirely from excerpts from first-hand accounts by Texians and Mexicans, soldiers and civilians. After a brief introduction to each chapter devoted to a single day's events, the participants speak for themselves. Sometimes the excerpts are only a sentence long, sometimes several paragraphs. Occasionally, multiple accounts from the same witness are given. What emerges is a fascinating picture of what happened, albeit a picture often with multiple conflicting layers. Disagreement among sources must be expected. Different persons will often come away from the same incident with wildly varying perceptions of what actually occurred. And the passage of time and inaccurate reporting will add their own distortions.
Through all of this, Huffines lets us read what the sources had to say and allows us to form our own ultimate judgments about their reliability, although in footnotes he does provide background for source authenticity (or the lack of it) and to problems of accuracy - this is one book where the reader should definitely not skip the footnotes. Because these accounts are drawn from both sides of the conflict, a good balance is achieved in telling a story which has often been reduced to a simple fairy tale of good versus evil.
Complementing these primary sources are the Gary Zaboly illustrations.
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Alan Huffines has done an excellent job of putting the events of the 13 day siege in context. It is a pleasure to read and have at my fingertips a reference that allows me to easily look up the events of a certain day. His approach of using the known accounts, Anglo and Hispanic to tell the story and guiding the reader through those accounts with his footnotes is informative and entertaining.The artwork by Gary Zaboly is superb, giving viewpoints of the siege never illustrated before. Gary has the ability to see things most of us dont and luckily for us he has the talent to draw those scenes so they can be shared with all. In my opinion this is an excellent book for both the most dedicated of Alamo historians as it is for those just discovering this Texian saga.
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