Texas Freedom: Last Stand at the Alamo

Written by Thomas J. Berry
Review by John Manhold

I have read numerous accounts, Mexican and Texian, non-fiction and fiction, of this historical confrontation. This book, similar to all of the other fictional portrayals, follows closely the facts of the encounter. It is well written and highlights the inexperience, confusion and ‘personal agendas’ among the American leaders. Additionally, the author’s assemblage of his characters a little ‘before the fact’ provides an even better look into their natures, pertinent to their ensuing activities. Berry also provides an interesting thought with respect to the source of Bowie’s illness that left him bedridden for the actual final defense of the Mission. In summary, the author has provided a worthy addition to the list of ‘stories about the Alamo’.