Lone Star Nation: How a Ragged Army of Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence - and Changed America #2020

Lone Star Nation: How a Ragged Army of Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence - and Changed America By H.W. Brands Lone Star Nation How a Ragged Army of Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence and Changed America From bestselling historian and long time Texan H W Brands a richly textured history of one of the most fascinating and colorful eras in U S history the Texas Revolution and the forging of a new Ameri
  • Title: Lone Star Nation: How a Ragged Army of Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence - and Changed America
  • Author: H.W. Brands
  • ISBN: 9780385507417
  • Page: 129
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  • Lone Star Nation: How a Ragged Army of Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence - and Changed America By H.W. Brands From bestselling historian and long time Texan H W Brands, a richly textured history of one of the most fascinating and colorful eras in U.S history the Texas Revolution and the forging of a new America For better or for worse, Texas was very much like America The people ruled, and little could stop them If they ignored national boundaries, if they trampled the righFrom bestselling historian and long time Texan H W Brands, a richly textured history of one of the most fascinating and colorful eras in U.S history the Texas Revolution and the forging of a new America For better or for worse, Texas was very much like America The people ruled, and little could stop them If they ignored national boundaries, if they trampled the rights of indigenous peoples and of imported bondsmen, if they waged war for motives that started from base self interest, all this came with the territory of democracy, a realm inhabited by ordinarily imperfect men and women The one saving grace of democracy the one that made all the difference in the end was that sooner or later, sometimes after a terrible strife, democracy corrected its worst mistakes from Lone Star NationLone Star Nation is the gripping story of Texas s precarious journey to statehood, from its early colonization in the 1820s to the shocking massacres of Texas loyalists at the Alamo and Goliad by the Mexican army, from its rough and tumble years as a land overrun by the Comanches to its day of liberation as an upstart republic H W Brands tells the turbulent story of Texas through the eyes of a colorful cast of characters who have become a permanent fixture in the American landscape Stephen Austin, the state s reluctant founder Sam Houston, the alcoholic former governor who came to lead the Texas army in its hour of crisis and glory William Travis, James Bowie, and David Crockett, the unforgettable heroic defenders of the doomed Alamo Santa Anna, the Mexican generalissimo and dictator whose ruthless tactics galvanized the colonists against him and the white haired President Andrew Jackson whose expansionist aspirations loomed large in the background Beyond these luminaries, Brands unearths the untold stories of the forgotten Texans the slaves, women, unknown settlers, and children left out of traditional histories who played crucial roles in Texas s birth By turns bloody and heroic, tragic and triumphant, this riveting history of one of our greatest states reads like the most compelling fiction, and further secures H W Brands s position as one of the premier American historians.
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    1. H.W. Brands

      Henry William Brands was born in Portland, Oregon, where he lived until he went to California for college He attended Stanford University and studied history and mathematics After graduating he became a traveling salesman, with a territory that spanned the West from the Pacific to Colorado His wanderlust diminished after several trips across the Great Basin, and he turned to sales of a different sort, namely teaching For nine years he taught mathematics and history in high school and community college Meanwhile he resumed his formal education, earning graduate degrees in mathematics and history, concluding with a doctorate in history from the University of Texas at Austin He worked as an oral historian at the University of Texas Law School for a year, then became a visiting professor of history at Vanderbilt University In 1987 he joined the history faculty at Texas AM University, where he taught for seventeen years In 2005 he returned to the University of Texas, where he is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and Professor of Government He has written twenty two books, coauthored or edited five others, and published dozens of articles and scores of reviews His books include Traitor to His Class, The Money Men, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American, TR, The Strange Death of American Liberalism, What America Owes the World, and The Devil We Knew His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic Monthly, the Smithsonian, the National Interest, the American Historical Review, the Journal of American History, the Political Science Quarterly, American History, and many other newspapers, magazines and journals His writings have received critical and popular acclaim The First American was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Prize, as well as a New York Times bestseller The Age of Gold was a Washington Post Best Book of 2002 and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller Andrew Jackson was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2005 and a Washington Post bestseller What America Owes the World was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize in international affairs The Wages of Globalism was a Choice Outstanding Academic Book winner Lone Star Nation won the Deolece Parmelee Award He is a member of various honorary societies, including the Society of American Historians and the Philosophical Society of Texas He is a regular guest on national radio and television programs, and is frequently interviewed by the American and foreign press His writings have been published in several countries and translated into German, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

    989 thoughts on “Lone Star Nation: How a Ragged Army of Volunteers Won the Battle for Texas Independence - and Changed America”

    1. This book presents a very engaging history Texas leading up to its annexation by the United States I enjoyed this well written account of some familiar characters and events, and I look forward to my next read by Mr Brands.


    2. This readable history tells the story of how Texas got settled, was part of Mexico and became an independent country It concludes with a short summary of statehood The author puts the pieces together in an interesting and informative way.Having lived in San Antonio for 6 months, I marveled at how the colonists could make a go of homesteading While the land is very flat it is also very dry It did not look fertile to me There is little to sustain life while waiting for crops to grow Heat is a huge [...]


    3. My girlfriend thinks it s amusing that kids in Texas have to take at least one year of Texas History in junior high or high school She s from Florida but I m from Texas and it never struck me as that weird Don t kids in Iowa have to take an Iowa History class Maybe not.Anyway Regardless of the class, growing up in Austin, Texas a lot of Texas history works its way into your brain Everyone knows the core elements of the revolution, for example The Alamo Goliad San Jacinto Houston Crockett Travis [...]


    4. A library book so goes to the top of the stack.I am what is popularly called a history buff It means I ve read a lot about history, especially the historical periods and topics that interest mebut I don t have a degree Technically I do have a minor I supposebut that s just saying that I took every history course I was allowed in filling the requirements for the technology degree I got My favorite topics tend to be American history and general military history, so I ve read other books on this to [...]


    5. Brands does a splendid job narrating the story of Texas from the early settlements of Austin in the 1820s to the successful revolution of 1835 36 His sympathies are definitely strongest for the American presence, particularly Austin in the outset and Houston later, but Brands is generally fair and complimentary of most of the Mexican military and political figures, only having it out on the megalomanicial Santa Anna I found myself wanting a discussion on the book s biggest begged question suppos [...]


    6. This book traces the history of Texas from the earliest explorations by the Spanish through the establishment of the republic and the annexation into the United States It details the efforts by Moses Austin to get a land grant from the Spanish and the beginnings of settlement under his son Stephen It follows the efforts of Mexico to get independence from Spain and the efforts to set up their republic It then traces the conflict between Texas and Mexico that results in the Texas war for independe [...]


    7. Rarely does a title do justice to the story This one does You will finish this book with a deep understanding of how the Texas War for Independence totally re shaped the development of the modern U.S as we know it You may find yourself wondering, what would the western U.S look like today if events had taken a different turn Oh, and for you non Texans who still don t get our fiercely independent, self reliant, this country would be a total mess without us attitude, GET THIS book and read it thor [...]


    8. As a native Texan, I took Texas History in order to graduate from High School This book mainly focuses on the main characters involved in the struggle for independence, i.e Houston, Travis, Bowie, Austin, Santa Ana and others It is told in story form and is very interesting.Helped to demystify some of the legends that Texans hold about the glorious days of the war of independence and of the Republic.


    9. A great historical account of Texas in its formative years I enjoyed the fine blend of historical facts and the insight into the people who were caught up in these times I was reminded of another life I lived as 7th grade Texas History teacher.


    10. Brands is an academic but he doesn t write academically, and I like that because I read history for entertainment LSN gives nice detail about the characters of Houston, Austin, Travis, Santa Anna, and Bowie, but little about the first Texas president Burnet.


    11. This is a well written book about the history of Texas The author does a great job of making it not seem like a text book After recently visiting Austin and San Antonio, it was especially interesting to read.


    12. A must read for every Texan I learned from this book than all the Texas history courses and units from school combined.



    13. The book give a good history of the settlement of East Texas by American adventurers, the 15 year rush to populate Texas with American Anglos , and the contentious showdown with Santa Anna and the Mexican army There are many familiar characters, now legendary personalities, like Bowie, Crockett, and Houston, and the author introduces a dozen individuals who were probably just as ornery and colorful But I found the political history to be the most interesting and compelling part of the book Mose [...]


    14. This book by Brands has a great deal in common with the one I read on California a few months ago The politics of admitting both Texas and California to the Union became a battleground for the slavery issue, as did, I presume, the political history of every other state admitted in the decades before the Civil War Texas and California were just bigger and destined to be influential I was disappointed when the California book left the gold rush which was my primary interest in reading it and got i [...]


    15. Great book that reminds me a lot of David McCullough writing style Especially John Adams.This book delves just deep enough into the anthropology geologic political history of spain mexico france to give a solid background of Texas without being overbearing.All the heros are present and accounted for Great book.


    16. This is a strong effort, very readable, and a good history of how Texas became a destination for American settlers and later became independent from Mexico, subsequently annexed by the United States This does not include the strident jingoism that seems to pervade movies about the Alamo the book even points out that the proud claim in Texas textbooks about the state being an independent country is misleading, as there was always a prevailing expectation that Texas would become part of the United [...]


    17. I really, really wanted to give it five stars, but had to ding it a little for the amount of effort it took for me to finish this book It took three attempts over three years to get through it although, admittedly, the second attempt was aborted when Hubby took the book with him when he relocated for his new job and I stayed behind for 8 months to finish my teaching contract , but the effort was well worth it.This book is THE definitive history of Texas from the first steps of Europeans on her f [...]


    18. This book is phenomenal, truly one of the best that I ve ever taken the time to read This is the first book by Brands that I ve ever picked up, and I have to say that he lives up to his reputation as one of America s foremost historians Lone Star Nation recounts the events of the glorious struggle that led to Texas becoming an independent republic and eventually a part of the United States Ordinary people came here to better their lives, and when a despotic military dictator named Antonio Lopez [...]


    19. After second reading, revised rating to 3.5, down from 4 A thorough and able telling of the historical events leading to and through the Texas Revolution and their annexation into the United States Though the book ends well its flourish in an examination of Sam Houston s having to preside over the dissolution of the annexation he strove so hard to facilitate , through most of its length the narrative merely navigates from event to event It makes good use of epistolary sources and written account [...]


    20. Like all Texans who went to Jr High in the public school system, I had a Texas History course Battles at Gonzalez, Alamo, Goliad, San Jacinto, some politics, a new republic, the end The primary characters were remote paragons of Western self reliance and sacrifice If that history class had been taught with THIS book, it would ve been so much interesting Brands does a good job painting Austin, Travis, Bowie and Houston as real people warts and all He also paints Santa Anna, Gen Urrea, Gen DeLaPe [...]


    21. I started this book on my recent trip to San Antonio, seeking to learn about the history of Texas than what many of us know beyond the Alamo and the outcome of the Mexican American War And though I stopped and started it a couple of times, I have to say that this book is a wonderfully well written account of the birth and evolution of the state of Texas His broader historical account is related in intimate biographies of the various actors who are central to the history of Texas, and many other [...]


    22. The book, while over 500 pages long and a history, nonetheless is written with such attention to the characters and storyline that it reads like a novel Covering Texas from the time of Mexican independence to the American Civil War it is replete with familiar names Sam Houston, Stephen Austin, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and Presidents from Jefferson to Lincoln While it covers political history of Mexico and the United States sufficiently to provide background it is really a story of conquest and [...]


    23. Remember the ladies Not in this case I greatly appreciate that Brands avoids the trap of either carrying forward legends or tearing them down His is a authentic history telling based on evidence Where there are differing details in the record, he says so Many of the Texas history stories focus on the lives of the heroes after they arrived in the area Brands presents their backgrounds in proportionate detail, which puts their later actions and beliefs into a larger context Regretfully, however, [...]


    24. There have been several TV and movie presentations of the battle for Texas Independence and this book is essential to understanding of the trials and turmoil that transformed Texas to a republic and then a state The book deals with all the players of the conflict between the Texians and the Mexican government and the peoples of Mexico What a story and what a History of this great area of the world The battles and conflicts of the conflict are covered in this book The personalities of the charact [...]


    25. This was a very good book concerning Texas history with the primary focus on the Texas Revolution Brands does a great job making the book very readable and I especially appreciated the thorough sketches of the major players in the history of Texas at that time Stephen F Austin, Sam Houston, Jim Travis, David Bowie, Davy Crockett, and Santa Anna.I was especially struck by the different character of the American and Texan Revolution The American revolution being largely initiated by statesmen and [...]


    26. Brands is a big fan of the setup to the big events It feels like he spends time on Stephen Austin s father and Austin s early land dealings than the actual Texas republic The problem is, if you are writing a book about how Texas changed America, you should probably cover that in detail than the last 2 chapters All setup, no payoff I felt the same about his book on Andrew Jackson They are well written, but clearly Brands and I are on different pages of what we find historically interesting So, [...]


    27. Brands produced a book that has a highly readable style He hits the high points of the Mexican and Republic eras, but rarely gets into too much detail The major characters, such as Austin, Travis, and Houston are covered just enough so that you don t think of them as iconic heroes Two things struck me as interesting the Texas army were total mavericks unwilling to follow a command unless it suited them Also, the Texas Republic was inept at governing It had no power, couldn t tax and needed an Ar [...]


    28. Brands, without being multicultural for multiculturalism s sake, documents both the Hispanic and the Anglo contribution to Texas independence He does so without giving saccharine descriptions of either group s leadership or their ability to always get alone with one another, either before or after 1836.And, in the years leading up to the Texas Revolution, he doesn t sidestep the slavery question either.That honest eye is important, because in the last section of the book, he carries the story of [...]


    29. This is a very nicely written history of how Texas became a state There s a lot of research, and some things glossed over other places gets attention here It s a great recounting of some facts that most don t know.The American Revolution, Civil War, and World War II seem to get most of the attention from historians and the reading public This books is a good step in the direction of correcting that Strongly recommended to Texans, history buffs, and anyone willing to learn about America s past. [...]


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