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The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey 0th Edition

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"For years Phil has had a passion about the Alamo and now has put together an amazing book, documenting the events. When a book is put together presenting a historical event, about which you don't really have much interest or knowledge - yet you find yourself picking it up all the time, going through the photos of all the original documents, weapons, and artifacts, and find that you are drawn into the story and want to hear the real version of events - then it says a lot about the quality of the project. A great book." -Mike Rutherford, guitarist and writer with Genesis

(Mike Rutherford, guitarist and writer with Genesis 2012-05-29)

"Phil Collins' devotion to the proper commemoration and better understanding of the Battle of the Alamo (February/March 1836) shines through this deeply researched, brilliantly illustrated and accessibly written volume which connoisseurs of early United States and Texian history will want to have on their shelves." --Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis professor of Greek Culture, Cambridge University

(Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis professor of Greek Culture, Cambridge University 2012-05-29)

 "At age 61, Collins just unveiled another surprise: The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey, a sumptuous coffee table book that reveals for the first time his lifelong, in-depth study of the pivotal 1836 battle for Texas independence." --Jay MacDonald, CreditCards.com


(Jay MacDonald CreditCards.com 2012-05-17)

"A great work....very deep." --Eric Clapton, guitarist and writer

(Eric Clapton, guitarist and writer 2012-05-29)

"This volume is Phil Collins's gift to Texas; the Alamo is Texas's gift to the world." —Stephen L. Hardin, author of Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution and The Alamo 1836: Santa Anna's Texas Campaign

(Stephen L. Hardin, Ph.D. author of Texian Illiad and The Alamo 1836 2012-02-01)

"Phil Collins' passion for his subject is both engaging and honest. A fascinating book that delves behind the myth of one of the most pivotal events in US history, through its artefacts and letters without ever tarnishing its importance. It's like having a museum exhibition at your fingertips." --Sanjeev Bhaskar, writer and broadcaster

(Sanjeev Bhaskar, writer and broadcaster 2012-05-29)

"Before reading The Alamo and Beyond I had little, if any, real knowledge of the subject matter. But the project has been overseen and researched with such love and affection I found I was immediately swept into the collectors journey and found both the stories and wealth of detail completely fascinating." --Peter Kay, comedian and writer

(Peter Kay, comedian and writer 2012-05-29)

"Collins' collection is highly regarded in historical circles and is the basis for his new, gorgeously produced coffee-table book. With all the passion he brought to his musical career...Phil Collins has crafted a work of art with this book. From the first few pages...Collins has us enthralled." --Holly Cara Price, agent provocateur

(Holly Cara Price, agent provocateur Huffington Post 2012-05-15)

"Collins has elevated himself from merely an interested history buff to someone who is a serious contributor to our knowledge of the Alamo and its participants." Richard Bruce Winders, curator and historian, The Alamo

(Richard Bruce Winders, Ph.D., curator and historian, The Alamo 2012-02-01)

"Fans of Texas will find much to love in this book. I was enthralled." —Jake Silverstein, editor, Texas Monthly

(Jake Silverstein, editor Texas Monthly 2012-01-01)

"The Alamo and Beyond is more than just a stunning presentation of impressive primary source documents and artifacts from the Texas Revolution; it is an important research source which helps us better understand the life and times of those who helped create the Texas Republic." —William R. Chemerka
(William Chemerka, founder The Alamo Society 2012-02-01)


"Any way you look at it, if you're 'into' Texas history, this is a winner." —Marie Beth Jones, book editor, The Facts


(Marie Beth Jones The Facts, Brazos Living Book Beat 2012-04-22)

"What makes this volume especially interesting is that Collins not only studied artifacts and documents from his private collection but excavated land near the Alamo site to unearth more. And they're unveiled to his readers in this book, in which he was assisted by Austin photographer Ben Powell, pen-and-ink Gary Zaboly, with essays by Texas historians Bruce Winders, Don Frazier, and Stephen Hardin." --Steve Goddard, History Wire

(Steve Goddard History Wire 2012-03-20)

"One can only be amazed at the pictures and stories told in The Alamo and Beyond....The written items have been reproduced so one can read them without problem. They are truly informative." —Jerry Turner, The Mexia News

(Jerry Turner The Mexia News 2012-03-27)

"The poet-historian Collins is perhaps uniquely qualified for this new journey. He brings an outsider's clarity to the expedition, having amassed an amazing collection of manuscripts to accompany his impressive array of artifacts. From Collins's documents, Texas enthusiasts, Mexican patriots, schoolteachers, and even 'blokes who like history' will encounter the people who lived those famous days." —Donald S. Frazier, editor of The U.S. and Mexico at War: Nineteenth Century Expansionism and Conflict and coauthor of Frontier Texas: History of a Borderland in 1880

(Donald S. Frazier, Ph.D., editor of The U.S. and Mexico at War 2012-02-01)

From the Author

"The result of all this is that people come away having a better idea of those few days in March 1836, and I have some wonderful memories of finding the artefacts you'll see in this book."  —Phil Collins



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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: State House Press (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933337508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933337500
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.1 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From a toddler who sat his wheelchair watching the "Sussudio" music video on TV to finally seeing him live two years ago in NYC, I have always wished I could be like my only musical hero, Phil Collins. While we still don't share any artistic talents, I have found out that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and I do have a small connection, one that he shares with many of us right here in Wythe County. That correlation will likely be just as big of a surprise to you as it was to me.
In his debut book, The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey, Collins offers pictures of his vast authentic collection of items from the 1836 tragedy and a remarkable historical account of the event in connection with each piece. The rocker turned author pens a remarkably interesting overview of the incident and its surrounded happens with an amazing sense of objectiveness. The 416-page publication is not just a rich man showing off his collection, but a historical tribute to all of the brave men and women of the Alamo presented in an unprecedented fashion. With illustrations by fellow Alamo author Gary Zaboly, the Alamo is showcased in a more readable fashion than ever before. While I can admit to dozing through my high school history lessons on the subject, I found this book difficult to put down.
His historical colleagues seem to agree. Dr. Stephen L. Harding, a Ph.D. historical author was a consultant on the 2004 film, The Alamo, which I enjoyed very much. In his introduction to this book, he expresses his wish that Collins had written it before the film was released. "At the time, I couldn't describe the appearance of, say, a Mexican pioneer's axe to the prop makers," Harding wrote. "Now, I would have merely handed them a copy of this book.
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Format: Hardcover
Sure he made hits with Genesis and then by himself, but now he is an author, with a capital, "A". While walking around the Buffalo Gap area around Abilene, TX, citizenry got to know Phil Collins as a lover of Texas history. He concentrates on the Alamo with this title and he doesn't disappoint anyone having an objective outlook. For the individual who thinks he should stick to music, read this title and see how wrong you are.

His illustrator, Gary Zabody, has authored several historical titles and is a member of the Alamo Society, the Alamo Battlefield Association and other historical organizations. His pictures leave you in awe.

Phil Collins shares the love of the Alamo and Texas history with his youngest sons who can identify every character in the three main movies of the Alamo's siege. His mother and father also had a passion for the Alamo. Just as big as John Wayne's investment in his movie project of the same name!

One surprise a reader might find are the copies of many authentic documents written by Travis, Chambers and others. The reader will also see pictures of many different artifacts from the battles of the area.

Those of you, and there are many, who have a passion for the Alamo....pick up this book. You definitely won't be disappointed. Nope, not at all.
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Such a wonderful book about an amazing collection of artifacts! When one immerses one's self in the collection, the provenance of the items, and the serious academic treatment of the subject matter, one comes away with a new perspective of this critical time in the history of the western hemisphere and the world. His sharing of these wonderful items brings his "private museum" to us fellow students of history. Each new page is an incredible glimpse into a world a bit different from the way that Hollywood has painted it.

He reminds us of the real battle between the "federalists" and the "centralists". Not only does he present us with the well-known characters of Travis, Bowie, Crockett, Sam Houston and Santa Anna, but also Ursula Veramendi Bowie, Susanna Dickinson, Adina Emilia Zavala. Zavala? Yes, the granddaughter of Tejano Republicano Lorenzo de Zavala and founder of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. We also are reminded of the contributions by other Tejanos Republicanos, Juan Seguin and Jose Antonio Navarro. We learn the story of Jose Enrique de la Pena, Nicolas de la Portilla and Martin Perfecto de Cos on the Mexican side.

Other reviews have mentioned the value of the book. You are sure to spend many hours enjoying the story as Mr Collins has discovered it through the artifacts that he has found and the artifacts that have found him.

We Texans are honored to have a historian who loves this story as much as we do. Truly, he is the proper steward of this collection at this time.
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Rarely does one get to see authentic relics of the Alamo battle. Mr. Collins has worked a lifetime and spent lots of money and time to acquire his collection, which he kindly shares with us, via this well illustrated book. Everything from signed letters, cannon balls, lead musket balls, swords, axes and flintlock muskets. I truly treasure my copy of this book.
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Phil and Company did a great job in The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey. Well written and photographed; this masterpiece puts you back in time around 1836 and you can smell the gunpowder and fire of the Brave Alamo Defenders as well as The Mexican Army. Many RARE historical documents that Phil has found are explained and pieced together as well as stories from both sides of the Battle before and after. Two things I would have liked to have seen more of- Information and depictions on the period uniforms of both sides worn at the Alamo and Phil's Signed Autograph for the price of the book. Maybe next time. 5 STARS for many reasons- Enjoy!
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