A Time to Stand by Walter Lord

By Walter Lord

At the morning of March 6, 1836, in an outdated deserted project known as the Alamo, a small Texas garrison fought to the dying instead of yield to an overpowering military of Mexicans. over the years the garrison’s heroic stand has turn into so clothed in folklore and romance that the reality has approximately been misplaced. In A Time to face Walter Lord rediscovers and recreates the total interesting tale. From modern records, diaries, and letters, he has mined a wealth of unpolluted details that throws interesting sidelights at the epic of the Alamo. What have been the defenders like? Why did they take their stand? Did any get away? Did Davy Crockett surrender?

The solid of characters comprises not just recognized figures like Jim Bowie yet unknown, unsung males: John Purdy Reynolds, the wandering Pennsylvania healthcare professional; George Kimball, the industrious ny hatter, Micajah Autry of Tennessee, who used to be a stronger poet than a businessman. after which there are the Mexicans: the brilliant Santa Anna; the graceful Colonel Almonte; the forlorn deepest Juan Basquez, who in basic terms desired to remain domestic and make sneakers.

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43 The Saudis, meanwhile, taunted Nasser by reminding him that his entanglement in Yemen prevented him from rescuing Palestine. A peace agreement for Yemen negotiated by Nasser and the Saudis’ King Faisal in August 1965 was ultimately ignored, and the former threatened to invade Saudi Arabia. As many as 70,000 troops, the cream of the Egyptian army, remained as bogged down as ever. 44 Nearly two years of Arab summitry had produced scarce benefits for Egypt or indeed for any Arab state. There was no end to the Yemen war, no end to inter-Arab bickering.

Over half of these originated in the West Bank, where Hussein had been resisting Shuqayri’s influence and Shuqayri was now forced to rival al-Fatah by forming his own guerrilla groups. 51 The Israelis had told him as much. Since 1960, when Ben-Gurion congratulated him on surviving an Egyptian-orchestrated bomb attack (“Your Majesty will continue to defy with courage and success all treacherous attempts to subvert law and order”), Hussein had been in occasional contact with Israeli The Context 25 representatives.

65 The Context 29 Thus challenged, the Israelis might have been expected to retaliate directly against Damascus. They had the military capability certainly, and even tacit support from the United States. But overriding these advantages was the danger of sparking a much larger confrontation, playing into Syria’s hands and provoking the Soviet Union. Like many of his generation, Eastern Europeans, Eshkol knew and feared the Russians. 66 The precariousness of Soviet-Israel relations was underscored on May 25, 1966, when the Soviet Foreign Ministry informed the Israeli ambassador, Katriel Katz, of a Zionist plot to invade Syria.

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