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A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memory Paperback – May 9, 2002
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Previously I published books that have explored the role that college football players and coaches have played during times of national crisis. In 2013, I published "Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie's Last Quarter" (co-authored with Ed Krzemienski). It details the relationship between Bear Bryant and Joe Namath during the early 1960s, a time of Civil Rights struggles, a violent backlash, and the emergence of Alabama as the finest football team in the nation. It features two iconic personalities fighting for victories on the field and their careers off the field.
In 2011 I published "A Team for America: The Army-Navy Game That Rallied a Nation." It's the story of a West Point football team during World War II, striving to win a national championship before they shipped off to the battle front. It was their last chance to be boys before the nation demanded that they be men. During the months between D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge the team gave the millions of American soldiers around the world something to celebrate. After their last game General Douglas MacArthur wired Coach Red Blaik, "THE GREATEST OF ALL ARMY TEAMS. WE HAVE STOPPED THE WAR TO CELEBRATE YOUR MAGNIFICENT SUCCESS."
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For one thing sources can conflict in interpretations of events. Even eyewitness accounts of the same event can contradict one another due to different perspectives (one person was at "point A" another was at "point B"), interpretation of those events, or bias. Even then, memories are imperfect things, details blur with time, sometimes perspectives and biases slip in. All too often, witnesses have been known to slant the facts to favor their cause, or for self-serving motives. In very few historical events has this been more evident than at the Alamo. As has been often said, "Thermopolae had its messenger, the Alamo had none."
The facts of the case seem straightforward enough, in early 1836 187 (or was it, 200 or 225?) volunteers from Texas, various parts of the United States and even Europe held off an much larger Mexican Army of 5000 (or was it 3,000 or 2,500), under the command of General Santa Anna for thirteen days. The seige ended on March 6, 1836 when the Mexican Army attacked. All the defenders died in the assault.
Seems simple, doesn't it? History is rarely that cut and dried. Re-interpretations of the battle have abounded, with this book the authors have attempted to sift through the conflicting stories, the opposing agendas involved in re-telling and re-shaping the truths and the myths of the battle to give the reader an objective perspective to draw his/her own conclusion on what happened and what it meant.Read more ›
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Very interesting book. I have a copy and have given one as a gift. Another good book on the Alamo is Alamo Traces by LindleyPublished 11 months ago by Barbara in Houston
I bought this book years ago when it first came out. It is very good and fair in scope, and the authors have tried to use Mexican documentation whenever they could. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Roger Borroel
When one hears the words "Remember the Alamo"; what is it that one remembers? Is it the names of the men who gave their life's defending the Alamo against Santa Anna's army? Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by Kurt Porter
Roberts' and Olson's "A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memory" (2001 356-page paperback) is three books in one for the history of the Alamo. Read morePublished on January 10, 2010 by Readalots
It was a pleasure to read this book, very informative, well researched and finely written. Whatever your views are of the Alamo and its place in the history of Texas; this book was... Read morePublished on March 6, 2007 by The Historian
It was no big surprise to read about Santa Anna's negative effects on Mexico. Once you get through the first part of the book you'll have an easier time turning the pages. Read morePublished on January 11, 2007 by Craig
Just because this book does not agree 100% with Jeff Long is no reason to condemn it. A topic like the Alamo is supposed to include room for debate and disagreement. Read morePublished on June 7, 2004 by Ralph Ashby
Do not be fooled by what this book aspires to be. The authors claim this is an even-handed, accurate retelling of the Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution, but it adds... Read morePublished on April 19, 2004 by Pedro Delgado
I was assigned to read Line in the Sand for a graduate class and unfortunately it quickly turned sour. It read like a W.P. Read morePublished on February 3, 2004