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Sam Houston and the American Southwest, 3rd Edition (Library of American Biography) Paperback – June 2, 2006

ISBN-13: 000-0387096078 ISBN-10: 0321385721 Edition: 3rd

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3rd edition (June 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321385721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321385727
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This biography explores the life of Sam Houston and his important role in the development of the Southwest. The book examines the actions and ideas of Sam Houston, relating his life to the broader themes and developments of the time in which he lived. For anyone interested in the life of Sam Houston, the history of the American Southwest, or the history of Texas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I enjoyed it, and found it very informative.
George Aubrey
I highly recommend this read, for literature lovers and history buffs and all those in between.
Matthew Watt
I think Texans and all Americans are much more indebted to men like him than we realize.
J. Scott Ezzell

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Watt on May 25, 2005
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Randolph B. Campbell writes about a man I never knew had that much impact on Texas and the United States in Sam Houston and the American Southwest. The writing is quick and simple to read, and flows from one topic to the next easily.

The book covers everything from Sam Houston's beginnings, to his forrays as a military man and finally to his exploits as a political leader. He impacted Texas more than any other person, and was a leading voice in both the War against Mexico and the Civil War. To characterize his impact on Texas, one would only have to look at the political atmosphere of Texas in their early Republic days. Texas was a two party state, those who were Houston supporters and those who were anti-Houston.

I loved learning about Sam Houston's command during Texas's fight for independence, his thoughts on the Civil War (always a Union man, something unusual for a southerner), and the love he had for his wife (his last words will emphasize this). He was the first President of the Republic of Texas, served as a senator after the state was annexed, and is the only man to serve as governor in two states (Texas and Tennessee). I would have never known three fourths of this information if it wasn't for Randolph B. Campbell's Sam Houston and the American Southwest. I highly recommend this read, for literature lovers and history buffs and all those in between. Everyone enjoy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Scott Ezzell on October 4, 2006
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This is an excellent little book. It's entertaining reading and highly informative. I'm not only glad I read the book but I find myself wanting to know much more about Sam Houston and his era. I think Texans and all Americans are much more indebted to men like him than we realize. Would to God we had some Sam Houstons today!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Aubrey VINE VOICE on April 25, 2013
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This is one of the better books on Sam Houston that I have read. It neither deifies nor demonizes him, but allows the reader to see him as a mere mortal, flawed and very human. I enjoyed it, and found it very informative. Highly recommended for research on Sam Houston or Texas background reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By keefer89 on September 28, 2010
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This was a great book in learning about Sam Houston, but it is also a history of Sam Houston's actions and influences in Texas before, during, and after Texas Independence. The book was not a difficult read.
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This is a great read about the life of Sam Houston and the legacy he left for Texas and America during the mid-nineteenth century. Sam definitely had a "full life" living among Native-Americans, governor of two states, defeating the Mexican Army and securing Texas Independence, being instrumental into bringing Texas into the United States, and tragically fortelling fellow Texas what would happen if Texas left the Union and joined the Confederate States of America. The author does a good job into describing the important events of Sam Houston's life without going into detail. This is a short read, however it is an interesting one that I would recommend to educators who teach U.S. History or Texas History. A great read that all can understand and follow and get a deeper appreciation of the legendary Sam Houston. Highly Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reed Often on May 26, 2013
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I loved this!! I have now read 3 books on Texas history...can't get enough. Great man and great book. Hurray for the author.
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From his adventurous times as a youth to a defiant Governor, Sam Houston was able to defy all odds when faced with a challenge, and when he was knocked down he got right back up. This biography written by Randolph B. Campbell is a must read book, whether it is for a assignment or out of pure curiosity, you will not be disappointed.
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