Essay on Lone Star Nation Book Reveiw

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Lone Star Nation
Book Written By: H.W. Brands
Published By: Anchor Books
Published in: New York in February 2005
Book Review Written By: Meg Murphy
H.W. Brands is very good at bringing to life all the famous characters and events that walk through the founding of Texas. Despite years of tall tales, movies and others taking liberties with the facts, on its own the story is a good one. This book is not just about the history of Texas, but details the accounts of the individuals' lives and struggles during the colonization and fight for the independence of Texas. H. W. Brands brings to the reader vivid portrayals of such great men as Andrew Jackson, Stephen F. Austin, and Sam Houston along with a host of lesser known individuals whose
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By 1835 native Tejanos and Comanche’s were outnumbered 10 to 1 by an onrush of American settlers, then around 30,000. The rebellion was a triumph in many cases simply because of poor organization, illustrating why the far-flung empires of France and Spain were on the decline. Houston's venture into the Arkansas Territory took him to the illegal practice of selling whiskey, gin and other spirits to the local Indians. When arrested, his case to the court was that the nine barrels of booze were for his own consumption. Houston got off the hook, but the tale evolved from that about his personal alcohol consumption. Despite what really happened, these are certainly not the untarnished stories told about America's colonial founding fathers. Brands vividly paints a despotic portrait of General Santa Anna, the completely unlikable "Napoleon of the West." San Houston, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett appear interesting and heroic, while exposed by the author whole and unvarnished. In just over 500 pages, Brands calmly describes how this historic contest plays out. Everyone knows the ending, and many of the events. But it is always good to read through a full telling of this dramatic story. Lone Star Nation brings history alive, with the people who made Texas what it is today living again in the reader's imagination. The author brings his extensive research to the pages of this magnificent, non-fiction book

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