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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (231 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. W. Brands Narrator: Don Leslie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN: 9781415902325
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Lone Star Nation is the gripping story of Texas’ precarious journey to statehood, from its early colonization in the 1820s to the shocking massacres of Texas loyalists at the Alamo and Goliad by the Mexican army, from its rough-and-tumble years as a land overrun by the Comanches to its day of liberation as an upstart republic.

H. W. Brands tells the turbulent story of Texas through the eyes of a colorful cast of characters who have become a permanent fixture in the American landscape: Stephen Austin, the state’s reluctant founder; Sam Houston, the alcoholic former governor who came to lead the Texas army in its hour of crisis and glory; William Travis, James Bowie, and David Crockett, the unforgettable heroic defenders of the doomed Alamo; Santa Anna, the Mexican generalissimo and dictator whose ruthless tactics galvanized the colonists against him; and the white-haired President Andrew Jackson, whose expansionist aspirations loomed large in the background. Beyond these luminaries, Brands unearths the untold stories of the forgotten Texans, the slaves, women, unknown settlers, and children left out of traditional histories, who played crucial roles in Texas’ birth.

By turns bloody and heroic, tragic and triumphant, this riveting history of one of our greatest states reads like the most compelling fiction, and further secures H. W. Brands’ position as one of the premier American historians.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Critical Acclaim for The First American, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
    "Enchanting.
    The New Yorker
  • A Franklin to savor. James Grant, Wall Street Journal
  • In his clear and sprightly biography, H. W. Brands . . . recovers the actual Franklin who lived--before his memory became a bourgeois icon and was later, like all icons, trivialized. Alan Taylor, The New Republic
  • "Benjamin Franklin's life is one every American should know well, and it has not been told better than by Mr. Brands. Bob Trimble, Dallas Morning News
  • "H. W. Brands is a master storyteller Richard Norton Smith, author of the Pulitzer-Prize finalist Thomas E. Dewey and His Times and Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation

    Critical Acclaim for the celebrated The Age of Gold
  • An engrossing, multifaceted history. . . . Its author, like the miners of the gold rush themselves, leaves no stone unturned. Janet Maslin, New York Times
  • Dazzling. . . . Even California reviewers have gritted their teeth and handed Brands, an acclaimed popular biographer of Benjamin Franklin, some Texas-size praise. Los Angeles Times
  • “There's only one thing to say about a book that brings the twin touchstones of T.R.'s vigor and Franklin's humor to bear on the Golden State, and that's 'Eureka!' San Francisco Chronicle
  • "A fine, robust telling of one of the greatest adventure stories in history. David McCullough, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of John Adams

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 2/11/2014

    " A great historical account of Texas in its formative years - I enjoyed the fine blend of historical facts and the insight into the people who were caught up in these times. I was reminded of another life I lived as 7th grade Texas History teacher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 1/26/2014

    " Wonderfully researched book that illustrates the truth about the birth of the great State of Texas; couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 1/16/2014

    " Nice, concise history of the formation of Texas with special emphasis on the couldn't-make-em-up characters of Austin and Houston "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petri Charlie | 1/14/2014

    " Brands quotes more from actual documents than other authors that I have read on the same subject. The author reproduces a portion of a report from an official of the government of Mexico dated 1830, for example. Further, he does not merely idolize the individuals behind the Texan Revolution against Mexico, he shows their flaws as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sbfrazier | 1/6/2014

    " Compelling popular history of the battle for Texas's independence. Old mnyths destroyed, new ones made. Very entertaining. Loses a point for his love of his latinate vocabulary. O.K. I get it, you have a vocabulary vastly superior to mine. And I'm doubly pissed off when my 80,000 word dictionary doesn't conatin an entry on the word you used. This is only a minor distraction to a great narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James White | 11/18/2013

    " A great book! Hard to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey | 11/2/2013

    " some parts were interesting and some parts were boring. It was just ok for me "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 10/24/2013

    " Amazing, amazing read. Utterly fascinating. Almost impossible to put down (except when you have to work. Stupid work). Sam Houston should get more discussion in any history class. I recommend this to all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 10/12/2013

    " Interesting history, but didn't command my attention continuously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 10/2/2013

    " Tells you how the Texans actually won the Texas Revolution, despite being outnumbered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/6/2013

    " A good narrative of the story of the Texas fight for independence and the path to statehood. Fairly informative but not dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Del Simmons | 12/19/2012

    " A great history of the creation of Texas and how it ended up being a part of America. Strong personalities and a great story. Fun read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Hautala | 7/31/2012

    " This is history the way it should be written ... smooth, informative, and very, very good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy Daugherty | 7/13/2012

    " This was a good book, telling the story of the founding of the State of Texas up to the Civial War and including lots of facts and tidbits of all the major and even minor Characters that played such a vital role in the birth of Texas as part of the United States. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarred | 2/4/2012

    " Wonderful detailed description of the colonization and revolution of Texas with new insights and interpretations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 12/16/2011

    " This is a well written book about the history of Texas. The author does a great job of making it not seem like a text book. After recently visiting Austin and San Antonio, it was especially interesting to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Buske | 11/21/2011

    " An excellent history of the war that led to Texas eventually becoming a part of the United States. Very insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Hastings | 7/11/2011

    " Easy to read history of the Texas revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 5/23/2011

    " The story of Texas is a good one... and this book brings legends like Sam Houston and Davy Crockett to life. Funny. Well-researched and balanced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Boudreaux | 1/23/2011

    " If you want to learn how Texas became, read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha Lebkowsky | 1/13/2011

    " Excellent read - lots of details. Fun to travel in Texas and think about what went on there in the 1800s and what it would have been like to live then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 12/15/2010

    " This is a well written book about the history of Texas. The author does a great job of making it not seem like a text book. After recently visiting Austin and San Antonio, it was especially interesting to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 12/4/2010

    " This was a good book, telling the story of the founding of the State of Texas up to the Civial War and including lots of facts and tidbits of all the major and even minor Characters that played such a vital role in the birth of Texas as part of the United States. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 10/15/2010

    " A great historical account of Texas in its formative years - I enjoyed the fine blend of historical facts and the insight into the people who were caught up in these times. I was reminded of another life I lived as 7th grade Texas History teacher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 7/11/2010

    " Tells you how the Texans actually won the Texas Revolution, despite being outnumbered. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 8/30/2009

    " Interesting history, but didn't command my attention continuously. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 5/3/2009

    " Excellent read - lots of details. Fun to travel in Texas and think about what went on there in the 1800s and what it would have been like to live then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 1/13/2009

    " Wonderfully researched book that illustrates the truth about the birth of the great State of Texas; couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jarred | 1/12/2009

    " Wonderful detailed description of the colonization and revolution of Texas with new insights and interpretations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 9/12/2007

    " This is the best account of Texas history I've read. It's informative (with numerous "why was I never taught this in school?" moments) and surprisingly engaging for a chronological history book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 6/12/2007

    " A good narrative of the story of the Texas fight for independence and the path to statehood. Fairly informative but not dry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 4/24/2007

    " The story of Texas is a good one... and this book brings legends like Sam Houston and Davy Crockett to life. Funny. Well-researched and balanced. "

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About the Author

H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and again for Traitor to His Class.

About the Narrator

Don Leslie has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theaters throughout the country. He has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos for all the broadcast networks and most cable stations, political campaigns, movie trailers, and over fifty audiobooks.