The gripping story of Texas’ precarious journey to statehood, from its early coloniation 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 Comanches to its day of liberation as an upstart republic. The author is a Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M Univerisity, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A riveting tale told by a premier historian. Illustrated. New York, 2004 Doubleday 1st Ed., 582 Pgs., HB. Published at $ 29.95.