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5.0 out of 5 stars Crockett, Bowie and Travis, I hardly knew Ye...until now!
The title of this book intrigued me for a long time before I bought it. I wanted to learn more about Jim Bowie and William Travis and thought I knew a lot about Davy Crockett, but was unsure if a dry historical tome ( the book is 587 pages ) would hold my interest. My concerns were foundless. This book does it all. It lays out the history of these three fascinating men...
Published on 25 April 2002 by Joseph F. Leoce Jr.

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3.0 out of 5 stars missing many important notetations on statements made
appears well writtin at frist, but makes many statement without facts to back them up. still I enjoyed the book
Published on 11 Nov 1998


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crockett, Bowie and Travis, I hardly knew Ye...until now!, 25 April 2002
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Joseph F. Leoce Jr. (Staten Island, NY United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Three Roads to the Alamo (Paperback)
The title of this book intrigued me for a long time before I bought it. I wanted to learn more about Jim Bowie and William Travis and thought I knew a lot about Davy Crockett, but was unsure if a dry historical tome ( the book is 587 pages ) would hold my interest. My concerns were foundless. This book does it all. It lays out the history of these three fascinating men very well. The author gives you a very complete picture of each man and debunks many of the myths surrounding them. Though not what I had believed it to be based on a number of other accounts I have read, The battle at The Alamo is described in a way that makes a lot of sense and perhaps seems the most accurate when you consider the facts in an objective manner. The society that these men lived in is made vividly clear and their place within it makes these legends seem a little less legendary and more human in many ways. I truly feel like I know these men now and appreciate them in a different way. I highly recommend this book to you if you are interested in a little more meaty historical read that doesn't gloss over the day to day reality of the kinds of men who made the American Wilderness and West the fascinating chapter in history it was.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, stunningly detailed triple biography, 28 May 1998
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This book combines the best in historical detail and accuracy with a bold, dramatic narrative that propels the reader forward. Travis, Crockett and Bowie are revealed as full human beings not caricatures or tall-tale characters. The research is exhaustive and the portraits of the men are clear and strong. One knows the tragic event that sealed their fate, and Davis debunks some of the myth clouding the Alamo and the three men inextricably linked to it. It is also a book about a young country and the unique and fascinating men that forged the American West. Not just for Alamo enthusiasts--there's plenty here for everyone! It contains the exhaustive research, humor, attention to detail and "readability" that characterize Davis' books. If you've read his Civil War books--give this one a try! If you've never read him, it's a great introduction to his style. Quite Simply a GREAT read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, I learned so much from this book., 29 Oct 1998
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As with other Davis books, history changes after you have read them. His research is impeccable and fascinating.One can almost see him poking about in old courthouses following a seemingly obscure reference to discover "historical gold." This would make an interesting movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work, the best details of history yet., 27 Aug 1998
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This has to be the best Alamo book I have read to date. The lives of the 3 main characters of the Alamo cast are layed out before you. The biography of Crockett,Travis and Bowie really gives one insight into what these men were made of. Having just returned from a vacation in the city of San Antonio, my reading of this book really made my visit to The Alamo a wonderful experience. This is a fine word of history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written/researched biography of the three Alamo heroes., 23 July 1998
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This is the most important book about the Alamo and its heroes to appear in the last three decades. Davis has undertaken meticulous research, including review of previously unseen documents in Mexico's military archives, to construct new, revealing biographies of the three most celebrated Alamo heroes. Especially valuable are the sketches of Bowie and Travis, about whom there are no earlier satisfactory biographies. Many will find Travis's story completely new, and Davis portrays the Alamo commander as an important political leader of the Texian revolt, whose death was an incalculable loss to that cause. Bowie, on the other hand, is something of a rogue, forever scheming to turn a dishonest dollar through slave smuggling or land fraud. However, Davis also captures Bowie's daring, bravery, and leadership capabilities, particularly in battle. Crockett's story is more familiar, but Davis adds new interpretation and assessment of the frontier politician and folk hero,! deftly distinguishing the two and tracing the emergence of the fictional "Davy," partially by Crockett's own design. Other historical figures, particularly Sam Houston, do not fair so well, and Davis reveals the petty politics that may have led to abandonment of the doomed Alamo garrison. The work is not intended as a study of the Alamo itself, and the siege and battle are confined to a single chapter. Nonetheless, Davis has uncovered new information and formed unique insights about the event and the actions there of the three heroes. Much myth is stripped away, and Davis reveals the human failings of the three figures, who still emerge as courageous men of stubborn conviction, in many ways typical of those who sought to improve their fortunes by exploiting opportunities along America's expanding frontier. The book deserves a place beside such highly-regarded Alamo works as Walter Lord's "A Time To Stand."
Allen J. Wiener
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Texas ever written!, 8 Feb 1999
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The research is incredible. I even read all the notes, and they are as facinating as the book. I wish he had spent another couple of hundred pages on Travis' diary. His conclusions on Houston were a bit on the ruthless side. The Alamo was going to fall, no matter how many reinforements were sent. But, this story needed to be told by someone who would take the time to "look it up". And, look it up is exactly what Mr. Davis has done!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable and fascinating background on Alamo heroes., 24 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Three Roads to the Alamo (Paperback)
An endlessly fascinating account of the lives of Travis, Bowie, and Crockett, the three most familiar names from among all the Alamo heroes. Meticulous research shows the dark side as well as the heroic side of their characters,and one is struck by the impression of an inexorable force drawing these three disparate personalities from widely separate backgrounds to stand together and take their place in history. A "must read" for anyone interested in how Texas got that way. (Warning for Sam Houston devotees: be prepared to deal with a distinctly unflattering impression of this Texas icon.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best book on the Alamo so far!!!, 15 July 1999
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This review is from: Three Roads to the Alamo (Paperback)
Cover to cover, the best book on the history of the Alamo defenders. Wonderful illustrations throughout this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Readable History, 6 Sep 1998
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A brilliant work by one of our finest popular historians. In this case the work is so well documented, with endnotes, that it is worthy of a doctoral thesis. But it is as well written as a novel. The endnotes themselves are filled with vignettes about each of the three "great men", Travis, Bowie and Crockett. It is interesting to watch them develop, in effect grow, to become the men who became legend. Heatily recommend it because of it's outstanding scholarship and it's readability. Anyone who enjoys real history will love this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three cheers for three roads!, 18 July 1998
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Davis has pulled off quite a coup - a marriage of history and intrigue. How these three individual lives converged at the Alamo is the plot and the mystery and Davis held me spellbound, even though we all know how it ends. Stripped of the myths actually makes these three stand taller, even though they were far from perfect (even felonious at times). This lengthy treat moves very quickly. Great, great read!
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