Texas Rising, the Alamo, Davey Crockett and John Wayne

texas-rising-blogThe History Channel, on the boot heels of FOX News documentary series, Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies: The Real West, has debuted its latest-docudrama-history entertainment, “Texas Rising,” to mixed reviews and criticism for its creative fictionalization of the Lone Star state’s most beloved history and mythology, the Texas War of Independence. Accompanying the series is Stephen L. Moore’s Texas Rising: the Epic True Story of the Lone Star Republic and the Rise of the Texas Rangers, 1836-1846. A sixth-generation Texan, Moore is well published on Texas history and has written a well-researched HarperCollins imprint, which should be considered completely separate from the creative musings of the television series. I also highly recommend these recent books on the on-going, ever-growing legend (real and imagined) of Davey Crockett, the Alamo and the origins of the Texas Republic:  John Farkis’s brand new Not Thinkin’…Just Rememberin’… The Making Of John Wayne’s The Alamo from BearManor Media; Jeffrey Dane and Rod Tinimus’s Creating Texas: A Brief History of the Revolution from Lauric Enterprises; and, Scott Eyman’s John Wayne: The Life and Legend from Simon & Schuster, with a chapter on one of Wayne’s most controversial and expensive films, The Alamo.

The Sound of the Alamo

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