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By Walter Lord

At the morning of March 6, 1836, in an previous deserted venture referred to 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 develop 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 full attention-grabbing tale. From modern records, diaries, and letters, he has mined a wealth of clean 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 well-known figures like Jim Bowie yet unknown, unsung males: John Purdy Reynolds, the wandering Pennsylvania medical professional; George Kimball, the industrious long island hatter, Micajah Autry of Tennessee, who was once an improved poet than a businessman. after which there are the Mexicans: the magnificent Santa Anna; the graceful Colonel Almonte; the forlorn inner most Juan Basquez, who in basic terms desired to remain domestic and make footwear.

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A breakdown of disengagement . . 28 It seemed inconceivable that the Arabs’ situation could have grown bleaker—and yet it did. The ruling regime in Iraq, whose relations with Egypt had hardly been cordial, fell violently in February 1963, when its leaders were shot by radicals of the Ba‘th (Renaissance) party. Talk of a tripartite union— Egypt, Syria, and Iraq—resulted in the drafting of a joint constitution, but little else. A bloodbath ensued as Nasserist sympathizers were purged from the Iraqi army and then, as a result of an abortive coup in July, from the Syrian army as well.

The latter, armed with an improved 105-mm gun, provided the “mailed fist” that would break through Arab lines and secure an early victory before Israel’s vulnerable cities could be devastated. The air force was also geared to delivering a “knock-out punch” to Egypt, with the understanding that with Egypt neutralized, other Arab armies would crumble. But the IDF was more than a mere fighting force; it was an ethos. ”), and social responsibility. With women required to serve eighteen months of regular duty, and men at least two years, followed by weeks of annual reserve training through age fifty-two, Israeli civilians were more like permanent soldiers on temporary leave.

The context of inter-Arab and Great Power rivalry, of Israeli fears and bravado, and of abiding bitterness on both sides, had coalesced. If a new status quo had been created, it was one of inherent instability, a situation so combustible that the slightest spark could ignite it. Cold Wars/Hot Wars The 1956 war, strangely, had benefited both sides. Buoyed by Egyptian propaganda, Nasser claimed political and military victory in the war; that he had single-handedly defeated the imperialists, and mobilized world opinion against Israel, which had not dared take on Egypt alone.

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