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Revisionism with Malice,
This review is from: Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo (Hardcover)
This book is the most insidious type of agitprop, a heated stew of folklore, myths, rumors and speculations, much of them from highly dubious sources, with a fact stirred in here and there for the sake of credibility. As other readers have noted, the author definitely has an agenda. One can only guess what it may be. Does he truly despise those who had the audacity to take arms against a monster who had already established a long record of genocide in Mexico's interior, or has he sought to peddle his brand of vitriolic revisionism on the basis of its controversial tone and appeal to hardcore America bashers? In either case, his ad nauseum attacks on the characters of individuals who can no longer defend themselves undermine the historical value of his work and place it in the same category with post-mortem trashographies of Frank Sinatra, Jackie Kennedy and Princess Di. Throughout the text Long refers to the Texian rebels who defied Santa Anna's bloodthirsty regime as mercenaries. Since the rebels hardly ever got fed, much less paid for their services, the most derogatory fact about them that comes out of this essay is that they were indeed very poor businesspersons.