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“The Custer battle has never been as vividly and comprehensively told as in A Terrible Glory.” —The Dallas Morning News


Selected by American Heritage as a Notable Book of the Year


In June of 1876, on a hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn," George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his direct command were annihilated by nearly 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. This devastating loss caused an uproar, and public figures pointed fingers in order to avoid responsibility. Custer, who was conveniently dead, took the brunt of the blame.


The truth, however, was far more complex. A Terrible Glory is the first book to relate the entire story of this endlessly fascinating battle, and the first to call upon all the vital new forensic research of the past quarter century. It is also the first book to bring to light the details of the army cover-up--and unravel one of the greatest mysteries in US military history.

“Remember the Alamo!”


For almost two centuries, the last stand at the Alamo has been recognized as a defining moment in America’s history. On February 23, 1836, a Mexican army thousands of soldiers strong attacked a makeshift garrison of about 200 Texas settlers—among them, Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis—holed up in the abandoned mission on the outskirts of San Antonio. The Texans refused to surrender, and for almost two weeks, the immense force lay siege to the fort, bombarding its occupants with a constant barrage of artillery fire. Then, in the predawn hours of March 6, the Mexican troops unleashed a final devastating assault. What happened next would become legend.


In The Blood of Heroes, bestselling historian James Donovan, drawing upon fresh primary sources in American and Mexican archives, offers an authoritative and thrilling account of this epic battle. Beginning well before the siege, he tells the fascinating story of the settling of the Texas wilderness, the rise of the Mexican dictator Santa Anna, and the crucial roles played by pioneers such as Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin amidst the growing storm of despotism and discontent that led them to fight valiantly for independence.

 

The Blood of Heroes is a masterful work of scholarship and storytelling—and a stirring tale of courage, redemption, and glory in the American West.

Copies of renowned illustrator Howard David Johnson's original illustration for the cover of The Blood of Heroes, which was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal, are available for sale, along with many other stunning images, on his website: www.howarddavidjohnson.com