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The Alamo Story and Battleground Tour Hardcover – Unabridged, October 14, 2011

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It was a really interesting concept on that book and I enjoyed reading it. He did a good job on that one. Daughter of the Republic of Texas, Alamo Committee Member, Designated Reviewer --Daughters of the Republic of Texas

We can see that this book was a true labor of love..... Ann Serrano, Librarian, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas --University of Texas

Your research and knowledge and gift for the telling of this story is truly a tribute to those brave men who perished at that place and time in history. ...I have been moved to tears by your fantastic talented telling of the battle and the heroes who fought so valiantly for their cause, Our cause, as Americans. M. Arden Dorney, Reader --Reader

About the Author

Dean Kirkpatrick, a graduate of the University of Houston is a life-long avocational historian of the Texas revolution, the American Civil War, and World War II. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and a licensed pilot. He will soon publish a novel entitled The Other Rose of Texas - A Love Story of Jim Bowie, Ursula Veramendi, and the Alamo.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Norval Dean Kirkpatrick; First edition (October 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578093987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578093987
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rocket on November 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
29.95 plus shipping at the Alamo Gift shop don't pay a penny more. This is a excellent book for history buffs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. D. Kirkpatrick on February 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Read this book first, then take it with you. Most visitors just see the Alamo compound, where it ended, but the 1836 siege and battle took place all over the city and this book will help you see and remember it all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ed Dumas on May 14, 2014
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We were able to use this book to navigate the missions and many historical sites in San Antonio. I wish we had this book in previous visits for a real enjoyable tour. Lots of pictures and maps, Descriptions of sights we didn't know existed. Highly recommended. Ed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catch Me If You Can! on September 29, 2014
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My biggest problem is that only one map contains the "letter keys" that matches locations on the map. The rest of the maps only marks a location with a letter. So I had to keep turning back to key map which is a real pain. It would have been much better if every map had such a location key. That wouldn't be to hard to do and it sure would help!
First of all buy from Amazon rather than other vendors! You'll save a bunch of $s. Although I'm very familiar with most of the locations mentioned I found a few that I knew had existed at one time like Bowie's home. Now I know where it is as well a few others. It takes the visitor on a helpful stroll around the area of the Alamo and points out places of importance that are no longer there. One word of warning don't take the tour during the late spring, summer, or early fall months it's too hot and humid to enjoy yourself. If you do go in the mentioned months you might want to spread out the tour over a few days, And please take plenty of H2O with you you'll be glad you did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KennyG. on January 1, 2015
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Being born and raised in Texas, I love the deep history our state has. I have been to the Alamo once and want to revisit it again - especially after reading this book. It is a field guide and helps one understand the events leading up to the fall of the Alamo and the documented areas around the vicinity that has great importance to the battle. I first learned about this book on an episode of Texas Country Reporter. I highly recommend getting this book and bring it with you when going to the Alamo for a more complete tour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louie on March 4, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
This would be so much better if it came with an app for a mobile device. I purchased the book in Kindle format, but all the while using it as a guide, I can think of many more ways a GPS-enabled app would have been so much better , especially if it contained narration and additional information exclusive to the app.

To take it a step further, if the app were able to use 3D/GPS technology, you could hold up the device and see how the grounds looked at the time of the battle. What an experience that would be!

I am a native Texan and have visited the Alamo many times, having the privilege of living only 80 miles west of San Antonio.
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This is a good book for the basic knowledge for the layout of the battlefield. I was looking forward in reading the book. After reading this book, I was disappointed that the book did not give more detail about the battle while doing the walking tour.
Example: While at the place where the front gate was, it would have been interesting to have point out from the gate entrance the Alamo Shire (Alamo itself) there was a wood stick thatching walling and this was the place that David Crockett and his men where during the battle.

I would think if this book would have a great book with a little more details, so you could get a real understanding of the battle field, like where the canons where place while doing the walking of the walls to where the Alamo defenders where during the battle, too where the Mexican army’s did their attacked on the Alamo.
I am no historian, but the Phil Collins Alamo Museum gave me more of an understanding the battle within the Alamo compound.
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I don't understand why this book is SO expensive!! Don't get me wrong,it's a good book,but $555.00???
Come on!!!! The information is priceless,but $555.00????
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