John Wayne celebrated the heroes of the Alamo in 1960 and other movies have explored the myth. How and why did the myth develop? How have historians and the cinema influenced it? ‘John Wayne’s Alamo’ opens with a chapter on ‘Duke’ Wayne and includes chapters on major and lesser known movies which feature the Alamo. The history of the Alamo in the Texas Revolution is also explored, including the role of Texans of both American and Hispanic ethnic origin. This is an intriguing and wide ranging work with surprising and controversial conclusions, a “must read” for anyone interested in Texan history.
Chris Smallbone’s previously published work appears on the U.K. native American website. ‘How the West was Lost’ featured in the journal History Today vol 56 issue 4 2006. His film reviews may be accessed on the U.S. website Movie Review Query Engine.