A blend of fact and fiction, this novel - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Journey" and "Caribbean" - centres around the lives of Sam Houston, a firebrand renegade from Tennessee and Santa Anna. The novel moves relentlessly to their historic encounter at the battle of San Jacinto.A blend of fact and fiction, this novel - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Journey" and "Caribbean" - centres around the lives of Sam Houston, a firebrand renegade from Tennessee and Santa Anna. The novel moves relentlessly to their historic encounter at the battle of San Jacinto.Read Less
Charles Shaw-2-tone illustrations. New in New jacket. Book Condition: NEW 1990 State House Press (Austin) hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition. DJ shows light edge wear / shelf wear. Decorated end pages with maps of contact areas. Shaw's 2-tone illustrations ae great. Content: "The Raven" is Sam Houston, insolent frontiersman, brash congressman, Tennessee governor, rural schoolmaster, lawyer, land speculator in the Mexican state of Tejas (later Texas). "The Eagle" is Antonio Lopez de Santa Annasp ok, 11 times president of Mexico, congenital opportunist, enemy of rebels, inordinately vain general, furious wooer of a Mexican emperor's 60-year-old spinster sister. The paths of these two adventurers crossed in 1836 on the banks of the San Jacinto River when Houston, leading a band of Texicans seeking revenge for the Alamo, massacred Santa Anna's men. The independent Republic of Texas was born (it joined the Union nine years later). Resembling nonfiction more than historical novelette, this interwoven double portrait, we learn from the author's introduction, was originally a chapter cut from his novel Texas. Michener makes history come alive in this engaging slice of Americana and Texas lore, a compelling testament to the precept that character is destiny. Line drawings. Young Adult. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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