Episode 74: Forget the Alamo!
Guest: Bryan Burrough, author of Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an America Myth
Sunday, September 12, 2021
A controversial new perspective on the Battle of the Alamo. Is everything we think we know just a myth that writes slavery out of the story, makes heroes out of knaves, and gives short shrift to Texans of Mexican origin? How did the legend of what happened at the Alamo overtake the truth – and how does it continue to exert a powerful impact today? Host-historians Chris Anderson and Rick Beyer welcome Bryan Burrough, one of the three authors of “Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an America Myth.” The New York Times calls the book “lively and absorbing.”The lieutenant governor of Texas calls it “a polemic posing as history” – proof that it has touched a nerve with some in the Lone Star state.
Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair and a bestselling author of six books. Before writing for Vanity Fair, he was a reporter with The Wall Street Journal. He was raised in Temple, Texas, and now reports from cities around the world.