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September Announcement for the Utah Westerners




For nearly 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 two hundred Texas settlers—among them, Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis—who were 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 laid siege to the fort, bombarding its occupants with artillery fire. Then, in the predawn hours of March 6, the Mexican troops unleashed a final devastating assault.  What happened next would become legend.

Our special guest speaker, James Donovan, bestselling author of The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo—and the Sacrifice that Forged a Nation, will share with us some of the insights gleaned while researching and writing the book as well as the process of its creation. He will discuss why family traditions can’t be trusted, why there are always new facts to find, and how they are found. He will develop some of the more interesting characters in the story and little-known facts about the Big Three: Travis, Bowie, and Crockett. Donovan will clarify what these men were fighting for as well as the two great controversies of the battle: how Davy died and the line in the sand that Travis did or didn’t draw.

Jim Donovan has worn many hats in the publishing business. After graduating from the University of Texas, he began his career in publishing in an Austin bookstore in 1981. He eventually moved to Dallas to become a buyer for a bookstore chain. Later he was a book editor at Taylor Publishing and advanced to the position of senior editor before leaving in 1993 to start his own literary agency. He has sold hundreds of books for dozens of writers to numerous well-known national publishing houses.

Donovan is the author of several books, including A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn—the Last Great Battle of the American West, which spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. It has been called “the last word on the Last Stand.” His most recent book is The Blood of Heroes, which was released last May. The Houston Chronicle called it “the best book on the battle of the Alamo,” and the Dallas Morning News reviewer hailed it as “probably the best nonfiction I have ever read about Texas—history told in a way that reads like fiction.”


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