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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. 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 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 factor in any endeavor Brands refers to plentiful game, which had to be the case or no one would survive, but is hard to imagine with such limited water and plant life.There are two areas needingelaboration The big area is slavery the other, less consequential, but important is the portrait of Sam Houston.There are many who feel the Texas rebellion was totally about slavery Brands discusses the turmoil in Mexico, Santa Anna s shredding of the constitution and cultural religious differences between the Anglo north and its Spanish government as the causes of this rebellion It seemed that the Texans, while frustrated, were working within the system to change it Brands does not show how these issues trump slavery While he mentions slavery he does not at all discuss it as a cause Because this is a common opinion, Brands needs a better discussion of the role of slavery in this fight.The portrait of Houston is very engrossing but learning towards the end that he had 8 children is a surprise Fatherhood had hardly been mentioned up to that point It isn t that the story hangs on this, but it does imply he had roots In American Legend Levy shows an enabling spouse operating independently of Davy Crockett but not his debts which she worked to pay on his behalf Was this Houston s life as well Where were the children and their mother s living Were they in a town of settlers Living with a migrating or settled tribe The back story is needed to get a full measure of this man.I wonder how much flack this Texas based author caught for his portraits of William Travis and Jim Bowie They are considered heroes in Texas Their lives before the Alamo, as told by Brands, were not the stuff of heroes While I have toured the Alamo, and read its literature and came away from it knowing that Houston put a low priority on defending the Alamo, I don t remember learning that his strategy ignored by the Alamo defenders was to abandon it in fact they were to blow it up to deprive Santa Anna of its use This makes the story of the Alamo a story of a renegade operation Given that Texas needed militias for defense, there was nothing Houston could do about it I wonder how all this sat and continues to sit in Texas that adores its heroes and its Alamo legend.I came to this from having finished the Brands Pulitzer Prize nominated Traitor to His Class The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt which is clearly the better book Lone Star Nation is good, and if you re interested in this ten year or so window, it is a must read, otherwise, read the FDR 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 Cro 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 Bowie Santa Anna.This book fleshed out that vague history very nicely It provides a wide breadth of historical context, starting several decades in advance of the revolution with Moses Austin s arrival in the region and takes us up to Sam Houston s death during the US Civil War Most of the book does, though, take place during the 1830s And it does a great job of presenting these characters and situations in a realistic light, rather than as glowing gold statues of perfection The slavery issue, for example, is not shied away from and much discussion is given to how many in the US found the idea of annexing Texas repellent for this and a variety of other reasons.It s also the first time I ve really felt like I understood what the real situation in Texas was at that time It was a fucking mess, for lack of a better term Very little centralized control Lots of crime and speculation Continuing conflicts with the Native American populations A mess.Finally, one of the very interesting things about this book It s the first time I think that I ve really seen the Heroes of the Texas Revolution painted as real people I knew kind of who belonged where Travis, Bowie, Crockett Alamo Houston General, later President But I guess I hadn t been aware that Crockett had been a legitimate celebrity before he ever came to Texas Or that William Travis was only 26 when he commanded the troops at the Alamo I also hadn t been aware of the closeness of many of these guys to the power structure in the US Government Both Crockett and Houston were at times considered viable candidates for the US Presidency I guess when Texans present Texas History they keep it a bit artificially isolated from American History.Anyway Very good book And continuing along my US history reading kick that started last year 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 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 thoroughly 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 sup 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 suppose the 1824 Constitution had been honored in Mexico City, and that the Austin esque strategy of good Mexican citizenship paid off Would much of American and Mexican history been extremely different A solid book, if a bit unbalanced A library book soit 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 A library book soit 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 topic, and this period In this case I ve come to another book where I wish we had half stars or possibly a 10 star system I would say 3.5 stars might be closer to my actual rating of this book This volume had it s flawsbut then most history books do Too many especially now are written with an agenda political or otherwise Too many actually end up being rewrites , revisions of history The author here makes a great effort to tell a fair story and while he is obviously approving of the overall outcome of history he is largely successful in his attempt at a fair telling The book is told using the eyewitness accounts we have and what I d call mini biographies of the people involved in and around the events We go back and look at claims on Texas from the French, the Spanish, the native Americans, the Jefferson and later American administrations, the North American colonists the claims of the British The story follows the events and looks at the Mexican Revolution, at Santa Anna s changing position, at Austin, Huston and others with their dreams for and about Texas There were those who were scoundrels and those who were idealists and all sorts in between This is a pretty good account of the time, the place and the events So can t give 3.5I ll give it 4 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 indepe 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 independence It details the parts played by Houston, Travis and Crockett in the fight It carries the story through the annexation by the United States 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. 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. ^FREE PDF ⇺ Lone Star Nation ↶ In Lone Star Nation, Pulitzer Prize finalist H W Brands demythologizes Texas s journey to statehood and restores the genuinely heroic spirit to a pivotal chapter in American historyFrom Stephen Austin, Texas s reluctant founder, to the alcoholic Sam Houston, who came to lead the Texas army in its hour of crisis and glory, to President Andrew Jackson, whose expansionist aspirations loomed large in the background, here is the story of Texas and the outsize figures who shaped its turbulent history Beginning with its early colonization in the s and taking in the shocking massacres of Texas loyalists at the Alamo and Goliad, its rough and tumble years as a land overrun by the Comanches, and its day of liberation as an upstart republic, Brands lively history draws on contemporary accounts, diaries, and letters to animate a diverse cast of characters whose adventures, exploits, and ambitions live on in the very fabric of our nation From the Trade Paperback edition