Joe, the Slave Who Became an Alamo Legend
If we do in fact “remember the Alamo,” it is largely thanks to one person who witnessed the final assault and survived: the commanding officer’s slave, a young man known simply as Joe. What Joe saw as the Alamo fell, recounted days later to the Texas Cabinet, has come down to us in records and newspaper reports. But who Joe was, where he came from, and what happened to him have all remained mysterious until now. In a remarkable feat of historical detective work, authors Ron J. Jackson, Jr., and Lee Spencer White have fully restored this pivotal yet elusive figure to his place in the American story . . .
Fight to the Finish
Fight to the Finish salvages one of boxing's most legendary stories from the shadows of history - a clandestine, 27-round battle between San Francisco rivals "Gentleman" Jim Corbett and Joe Choynski on the deck of a grain barge. This gritty and colorful historical narrative chronicles the Corbett-Choynski blood feud, and relives one of the most inspiring displays of determination, stamina. and courage in ring history.
Bebes and the Bear
No one who has seen the iconic photograph can ever forget its emotional pull: a grinning Gene Stallings, hoisted into the air at midfield in the arms of his lifelong mentor, Paul “Bear” Bryant, moments after the final gun sounded for the 1968 Cotton Bowl. Stallings’s upstart Aggies delivered an unbelievable upset of Bryant’s Crimson Tide, a team that had dominated its SEC rivals. Yet the famous image is merely the culmination of a greater story. Bebes and the Bear unpacks for readers the heartwarming journey of two coaches and their lifelong mutual respect and admiration. From the rocky, drought-plagued practice fields in Junction, Texas, in the summer of 1954, through the highly publicized Cotton Bowl matchup, Jackson chronicles the story of Bryant, Stallings, and the two storied football traditions that bound them together.
The writing in Joe, the slave Who Became an Alamo Legend is unique and strong, the knowledge the authors share is deep and fascinating, and the overall impact is brilliant.
AUTHOR OF DANCES WITH WOLVES
Praise & Reviews
What an impressive book. Proud to say I was there when Ron began his career in journalism. Fast forward 30 plus years and he has become a master of words. Fight to the Finish will give you a ringside seat to this historic fight.
Jacob "Stitch" Duran
This will rank among the best books about Texas sports history... packed with drama, iconic characters, and the inside story of power collegiate athletics.
Dan K. Utley
COAUTHOR OF LINKS TO THE PAST: THE HIDDEN HISTORY ON TEXAS GOLF COURSES
Ron J. Jackson, Jr. is a bestselling author, historian, speaker, and former award-winning journalist who has been writing professionally for 37 years. He is the author of numerous books, including the ground-breaking Joe, the Slave Who Became an Alamo Legend – winner of the prestigious Award of Merit for nonfiction from The Philosophical Society of Texas – Bebes and the Bear: Gene Stallings, Coach Bryant and Their 1968 Cotton Bowl Showdown; and Fight to the Finish: “Gentleman” Jim Corbett, Joe Choynski, and the Fight that Launched Boxing’s Modern Era…