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Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers

The Texas Victory That Changed American History
Narrated by: Brian Kilmeade
Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: History, American

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Summary

The heart-stopping story of the fight for Texas by The New York Times best-selling author of George Washington's Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates.

In his now-trademark style, Brian Kilmeade brings alive one of the most pivotal moments in American history, this time telling the heart-stopping story of America's fight for Texas. While the story of the Alamo is familiar to most, few remember how Sam Houston led Texians after a crushing loss to a shocking victory that secured their freedom and paved the way for America's growth. In March 1836, the Mexican army led by General Santa Anna massacred more than 200 Texians who had been trapped in a tiny adobe mission in San Antonio for 13 days. American legends Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett died there, along with other Americans who had moved to Texas looking for a fresh start. The defeat galvanized the surviving Texians. Under General Sam Houston, a maverick with a rocky past, the tiny army of settlers rallied - only to retreat time and time again. Having learned from the bloody battles that characterized his past, Houston knew it was poor strategy to aggressively retaliate. He held off until just one month after the massacre, when he and his army of underdog Texians soundly defeated Santa Anna's troops in under 18 minutes at the Battle of San Jacinto, and in doing so won the independence for which so many had died.

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers recaptures this pivotal war that changed America forever, and sheds light on the tightrope all war heroes walk between courage and calculation. Thanks to Kilmeade's storytelling, a new generation of listeners will remember the Alamo - and recognize the lesser-known heroes who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. 

©2019 Brian Kilmeade (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“A gripping, pulse-pounding tale that’ll have you turning the pages faster than you can say, ‘Remember the Alamo!’ Nobody does history like Brian Kilmeade!” (Brad Thor, author of Backlash and Use of Force

“In this thrilling book, Brian Kilmeade reimagines Houston’s bold life as a frontiersman, war fighter, and statesman for a new age.” (Marcus Luttrell, retired Navy SEAL and author of Lone Survivor)

“Every page sparkles with historical insights, fine writing, and fast-paced, Western-style action. A must-read!” (Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot)

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  • Tom Anderson Show
  • 05-11-19

Inspiring biography. Well worth the read (or listen)

Brian Kilmeade is a master storyteller and well researched in his coverage of American hero Sam Houston and the Alamo tragedy. Kilmeade’s audio version is genuine; his historical detail highlights the successes, and failures, of Houston. Transparency and thoroughness matter in biographies and Brian Kilmeade makes the mark across the board. Buy this book and audio edition because they’re worth the price point and knowledge you’ll receive. The dedication to Kilmeade’s mom, and Houston’s mother’s quotes, meant a lot, too. They’re both gentlemen and class acts. Make sure you share with your kids and grandkids. This is a book that matters.

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  • Stan Stinson
  • 12-11-19

The Alamo Remembered and Avenged

I loved the journey through the Alamo and then what followed. Brian has a knack for bringing these historical events to life and has scored again with this one.

If you enjoy learning and revisiting history as I do, you will enjoy Sam Houston & The Alamo Avengers.

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  • younggranny
  • 11-11-19

Gotta talk like Texans

Loved the story. Well researched. However, you must learn to say Brazos like a Texan to be considered trustworthy.

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  • Diana
  • 11-11-19

Not what I expected.

I guess it is okay as far as history telling. In my opinion, the author should not have read it. I have listened to better history books.

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  • Starboarder
  • 11-11-19

Great perspective and information

If you are an Alamo addict then this is brain candy. It flows well and brings sometimes overlooked background to light. This is his best work so far!
My only concern is the fast track of his narrative.
Perhaps my brain is too slow.
Fantastic book!

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  • Stu
  • 10-11-19

Excellent

Excellent! No surprise coming from Kilmeade. All his books are top notch, well researched, and riveting.

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  • Grady Smith
  • 10-11-19

Nailed It!!!!

I had my doubts that a New York born News Commentator could nail the events leading up to the Alamo, Goliad debacle, Declaration of Independence and then the Battle of San Jacinto. These Historic Texas Events and the Leaders, Scouts, Spies and Soldiers that laid it on the line for “The Republic of Texas” were captured in every word of this book. I am seventh generation Texian that lives, eats and breaths Texas History. I enthusiastically give this book two thumbs up. Great Job Brian!!!

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  • Dr Kern Phenomenal Mind Studios
  • 08-11-19

Emphatic narrative style does not inspire confidence.

Narrator is emotionally unidimensional. Complexity of personalities and events is extremely limited. Too bad. Author could learn something from Newt.

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