Three Roads to the Alamo
The Saga of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William TravisBook - 1998
William C. Davis, a distinguished Civil War historian and biographer, illuminates the great western migration of the early 19th century through these remarkable figures-- representative of the three distinct types of men responsible for pushing American civilization west of the Mississippi.
Through tremendous research and with unprecedented access to Mexican military archives, Davis strips away the many layers of myth, legend and fable that surrounded Crockett, Bowie and Travis during their lives and, even more emphatically, after their deaths, portraying them as they really were-- heroic and unheroic, of great stature and deeply flawed, law abiding and lawbreaking.
Crockett stood for the thousands who were always on the edge of the wilderness, for whom no home was ever permanent. Bowie epitomized those who invariably followed the entrepreneurs and exploiters, the men who profited, often outside the law, and moved on to the next potential bonanza. And Travis was the man of community and society, the lawgiver, the town builder, even the founder of a state or nation-- one of the millions who came to stay and create.
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