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Sam Houston / James L. Haley.

By: Haley, James L.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2002Description: xxii, 513 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.ISBN: 0806134054 (alk. paper); 9780806134055 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Houston, Sam, 1793-1863 | Governors -- Texas -- Biography | Legislators -- United States -- Biography | United States. Congress. Senate -- Biography | Texas -- History -- To 1846DDC classification: 976.4/04/092 | B LOC classification: F390.H84 | H34 2002Summary: In the decades preceding the Civil War, few figures in the United States were as influential or as controversial as Sam Houston. The author explores Houston's momentous career and the complex man behind it. Haley's fifteen years of research and writing have produced possibly the most complete, most personal, and most readable Sam Houston biography ever writen.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [485]-493) and index.

In the decades preceding the Civil War, few figures in the United States were as influential or as controversial as Sam Houston. The author explores Houston's momentous career and the complex man behind it. Haley's fifteen years of research and writing have produced possibly the most complete, most personal, and most readable Sam Houston biography ever writen.

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There is no shortage of good biographies of Houston, and the bicentennial of his birth (1993) created a cottage industry of lives, such as Marshall de Bruhl's Sword of San Jacinto (LJ 2/15/93) and John Hoyt Williams's Sam Houston: A Biography of the Father of Texas (LJ 12/92), both out of print. Haley (Texas: From Frontier to Spindletop) argues that most biographies fail to provide a completely accurate picture of the man and that, despite over 60 biographies, Houston remains a mystery in many ways. Using an amazing array of primary source materials, including many recently discovered Houston papers in scattered collections, Haley explores a more personal angle, looking at what "made Houston tick" by examining topics that were important to Houston himself (e.g., Native American dealings). From his rise and fall in Tennessee politics and through his many roles in Texas, Haley paints a lively picture of a sometimes deeply troubled man. While this is not a definitive biography, it is a refreshing, important look at a weighty yet often overlooked figure in American politics. Ample illustrations and Haley's easy style make the book accessible to lay readers, while his exhaustive research should appeal to academics. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Mike Miller, Dallas P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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