The Alamo Revisited in “The Blood of Heroes”
“The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo–and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation” is a fresh retelling of the epic battle for the Alamo. KUT’s Wells Dunbar spoke with author James Donovan about the real people behind the battle’s legendary figures, and separating myth from reality.
I think something between 2 and 4 million people still visit the Alamo every year. It’s unbelievable. Everybody is always fascinated by last stands because they’re so dramatic – especially when it’s a small garrison that’s outnumbered. Those are the things we just can’t get enough. And the fact that that’s how our state was born is especially inspiring. My job on this book was separating the myths and legends from fact, and I diligently tried to just write the facts in this.
James Donovan is also the author of “A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn-the Last Great Battle of the American West.” He will be at BookPeople tonight at 7 p.m.