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by Jeff Long

Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Jeff Long
ISBN: 0688122523
ISBN13: 978-0688122522
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (February 1, 1993)
Pages: 256
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A standard hagiography of Sam Houston would present a leader possessed of calm self-confidence, a general . This is not the Sam Houston we see in Long's revisionist novel of the Texas Revolution.

A standard hagiography of Sam Houston would present a leader possessed of calm self-confidence, a general whose competence brought victory over enormous odds. Houston is all too human, an ordinary man swept along by events who doubts both himself and his control over the ragtag assemblage of reprobates that constituted the Texan armed forces of 1836. Far from glorious, the struggle for Texas resembles a Balkan war-a gory, gritty, and dehumanizing series of outrages, catastrophes, and blunders leading.

Empire of Bones book. In a novel based on the life of the larger-than-life father of Texas, Sam Houston leads his ragtag army on a mission of vengeance against Santa Anna, the Scourge of the Alamo. 30,000 first printing.

In a novel based on the life of the larger-than-life father of Texas, Sam Houston leads his ragtag army on a mission of vengeance . A hard look at Sam Houston and early Texas. com User, December 16, 1999. This is a very enjoyable work of historical fiction.

In a novel based on the life of the larger-than-life father of Texas, Sam Houston leads his ragtag army on a mission of vengeance against Santa Anna, the Scourge o. . The character of Sam Houston is one of those American originals that seem so perfect for fiction that it is hard to believe he ever really lived. The exaggerated aspects of character - the dramatic costumes, high intelligence, temper, ambition, sensitivity, appitite and energy - all seem to be perfectly Texan, perfectly larger than life.

A Picture Book of Sam Houston Empire of Bones : a Novel of Sam Houston and the Texas Revolution.

A Picture Book of Sam Houston. My master," the Inside Story of Sam Houston and His Times, by His Former Slave, Jeff Hamilton, as told to Lenoir Hunt. Empire of Bones : a Novel of Sam Houston and the Texas Revolution.

Long, a trenchant critic of Texas mythologizing in such historical studies as Duel of Eagles, takes a fictional look at the origins of his home state in his third novel (after The Ascent). Two hundred miles away, Sam Houston, major general of the Army of the Republic of Texas, leads a ragtag mob in flight from Santa Anna.

Empire of Bones: A Novel of Sam Houston and the Texas Revolution, William Morrow (New York, NY), 1993. SIDELIGHTS: Speaking to BookReporter. The Descent: A Novel, Crown (New York, NY), 1999. Year Zero: A Novel, Pocket (New York, NY), 2002. The Reckoning (novel), Atria Books (New York, NY), 2004. com interviewer Joe Hartlaub, Jeff Long explained that after majoring in anthropology, philosophy, and history, he left college greatly unemployable. This status, Long realized, offered him the time and opportunity to try his hand at writing. So he took on jobs as a stonemason during the summers, saved his money, and wrote throughout the winters.

Led by Sam Houston, a man powerless to stop the tide of blood and revenge, this battle changed the course of Texan-and American-history. Author(s): Jeff Long. Genre: Historical Fiction. Product Number: BX00002229. Narrator(s): George Guidall.

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Empire of Bones: A Novel of Sam Houston and the Texas Revolution. ISBN 9780688122522 (978-0-688-12252-2) Hardcover, William Morrow & Co, 1993. Find signed collectible books: 'Empire of Bones: A Novel of Sam Houston and the Texas Revolution'. Learn More at LibraryThing. Jeff Long at LibraryThing.

This is the biography of Sam Houston Houston personally supervised the writing and content

This is the biography of Sam Houston. It was originally published in 1855 while he was a Senator from the State of Texas. Many new illustrations of the period have been added. Houston personally supervised the writing and content. A detailed look at one of the great men of Texas and the United States.

In a novel based on the life of the larger-than-life father of Texas, Sam Houston leads his ragtag army on a mission of vengeance against Santa Anna, the Scourge of the Alamo. 30,000 first printing. Tour.
Comments to eBook Empire of Bones: A Novel of Sam Houston and the Texas Revolution
Qiahmagha
This novel is a must read companion to Duel Of Eagles. This brings to life the events surrounding the birth of Texas and the one key person that shaped it. Excellent read.
Shakanos
Jeff Long is one of my favorite writers. Everything he has written is exceptional. This is an intriguing non-fiction. I highly recommend it.
The Sinners from Mitar
This is a very enjoyable work of historical fiction. The character of Sam Houston is one of those American originals that seem so perfect for fiction that it is hard to believe he ever really lived. The exaggerated aspects of character - the dramatic costumes, high intelligence, temper, ambition, sensitivity, appitite and energy - all seem to be perfectly Texan, perfectly larger than life. Any number of good accounts of his life could be, and have been, written. What makes this retelling of the period of his life when he fought the Battle of San Jacinto significant is that it isn't simply a tale of the good guy Texans getting revenge on Santa Anna and the bad guy Mexicans. In this more balanced and reasoned telling of the tale, that great variety of human ambitions and greed that spark most wars and revolutions, is shown as a prominant part of the struggle to wrest Texas from Mexico.
The cast of characters is interesting and the depiction of that early period in Texas history seems realistic and believable. The climactic battle of San Jacinto is told in hard detail and the probably over bloody response to the surprised Mexican forces shows that whatever cruelties the Mexicans were willing to meet out to those at the Alamo, their avengers were capable of as well.
A really interesting and satisfyfing book. I don't know if Texans would go for it, but this Tennessean sure did.
Reddefender
About two-thirds through this work, I wondered why I was reading it. Houston is so thoroughly painted with a Hamlet-like melancholy that the book becomes lifeless. Indeed, according to Long, Houston was impotant in command and in character: unable to win over his officers and fearful of the mob that was his army. When placed in a position to administer justice, he waivers. He becomes a bystander to the events that stretch between the battles of the Alamo and of San Jacinto. Chapter after chapter foreshadows the battle of San Jacinto as a massacre brought on by the barbarity of the American volunteers. Yet Long (as Houston) also cries for the lost innocence of these settlers and fortune-seekers. But when the battle finally comes, Houston's actions are buffoonish. The killing is labeled criminal, but seldom described so. And perhaps that is the real flaw. There is a lack of description of events. There is a lot of wailing about death and the scattering of bones, but no action. Long wants to work both ways. He wants to condemn the events at San Jacinto - register it as the mark of Cain on the forehead of Texas, but he neither faults Houston nor the Texan army. The former is incapable of handling his men. The latter are no more than undisciplined children. Of other interest, there is a dramatic prologue featuring Davy Crockett at the Alamo, a ridiculous sexual encounter between Houston and a wealthy refugee, and of course the almost required parting shot at Santa Anna as an egomaniacal fop hated even by his aide.
Malalanim
First of all, the book is well-researched and quite entertaining. However, Long goes too far in his efforts to knock the Texas heroes from their pedestals. Instead of deifying them, he takes the exact opposite extreme with the end result being just as unrealistic and unbelieveable. The tone of the description on the cover is also quite arrogant, proclaming the possible execution as described in the book as a proven fact, ignoring the inconclusive nature of the evidence.
The book itself is full of good information, yet stretches the reader's imagination to believe that Sam Houston was nothing more than a lucky, bumbling fool who essentially did nothing and led nowhere and that the Texas Army was nothing more than a roving band of inhuman animals whose lust for land and money was responsible for the "massacre" at San Jacinto. Once again, the cover description seems to suggest that Long is the first to discover the "true nature" of the battle, as if no one else had previously figured it out. Additionally, the Mexican atrocities at the Alamo and Goliad are mentioned, but Long seems to only hold Santa Anna accountable for the slaughter at those events.
Essentially, it could have been a good book if the author was not attempting to prove an impossible point. Long had an opportunity to give a realistic portrayal of the epic conflict and failed by making Crockett, Houston and the Texas Army just as unbelievable as the demigods that they have been made out to be in the past.
Error parents
Mr.Long is also the author of "Duel of Eagles" and this book continues his focus on Sam Houston. The form of a novel allows Mr. Long to explore themes that a purely historical book would not. Some Texas "historians" had sharp and negative reactions to "Duel of Eagles". This is understandable since the book is not the typical hagiography often passed off as Texas history. "Empire" offers an insight into the motivations and actions of some of those "brave Texians" who came to Texas seeking real estate and riches rather than liberty and freedom. Mr. Long's view is that Texas under Mexico was a tough and ruthless place which attracted some of the most greedy and grasping men of the age. At the same time certain men, Houston, Rusk, Seguin, and Smith are clearly complex and perhaps honorable men in rugged times. Mr. Long's works are a counter-balance to the propaganda and boosterism which seemed to infect much of the writings about Texas as republic and before. Whether you agree with Mr. Long's views, his research is thorough and his characters are real. This book is a valuable addition to any collection of books on Texas or Sam Houston.
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