In the decades preceding the Civil War, few figures in the United States were as influential or as controversial as Sam Houston In Sam Houston, James L Haley explores Houstons momentous career and the complex man behind it Haleys fifteen years of research and writing have produced possibly the most complete, most personal, and most readable Sam Houston biography ever written Drawn from personal papers never before available as well as the papers of others in Houstons circle, this biography will delight anyone intrigued by Sam Houston, Texas history, Civil War history, or Americas tradition of rugged individualism....
|Publisher||:||University of Oklahoma Press 2nd Printing edition August 30, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||544 pages|
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Sam Houston Reviews
To preface this review I should tell you: I am a 3x great-grandson of Sam and Margaret Houston, descended through their second child and oldest daughter Nancy Elizabeth, known in the family as Nannie; and as such, have been steeped in Texas history, especially regarding Sam Houston, since our mother first started reading to us. Having developed a natural interest in the subject as I grew older (and older), I've read many books on old Sam, including the earlier primary biography by Marquis James, The Raven (1929), which was mostly incomprehensible to an eleven-year old and even later to an adult. This tome by James L. Haley is nothing like that. Although detailed and extensively researched with many new primary sources, it is immanently readable and is by far my favorite bio of the General.
I have been interested over the years of Sam Houston biographers seeming to almost compete in their fervor to join the anti-Houston group think. It frustrated me because it was always at the expense of the facts (which were seldom cited) and with a great deal of subjectivity and supposition. In historical biographies, supposition is often required where facts are scant or non-existant.....but why was James L. Haley able to find the facts and not the other guys? It makes one think..... In an attempt at graciousness, lets just assume that all the facts available to Haley hadn't been found yet.
Well researched read as a result of tremendous research by academician James Haley. The book is very throrough and yet captivating. Sam Houston is a hero of giant proportions. Physical strength: he willed himself alive when he was left for dead on the battlefield. Mental strength: he was so in tune with politics and people he predicted outcomes and actions (including Great Britain's behavior during the Civil War). Social strength: twice President of the Republic of Texas, Governor of Texas and U.S. Senator, many of his political adversaries were close personal friends. Family: was a dedicated husband to Margaret and extremely supportive father to their 8 children. Morals: overcame a drinking problem, was never a hypocrite, treated others how he wished to be treated included the Indians and his own slaves (freeing them before the law did at a time when slavery was the accepted way of life). No matter what negative consequences faced him, he always opted for the right thing to do even when that meant stepping down as Governor of Texas because he did not believe in secession. This giant of a man came close to becoming President of the United States and would have had he chose to actively campaign. A man of George Washington's caliber- one of the country's most elite for all time.