This biography of Sam Houston goes beyond the romantic frontier life of the "buckskin hero from Tennessee" to examine seriously his role as an American statesman.
The Tennessee Background
The Indian Interlude
Opportunist in Texas
More Coy than Forward: Diplomacy of Annexation
Senator Houston of Texas
Alone in the Senate
Aspirations to the Presidency
For Love of the Union
Llerena Friend (1903–1995) was Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin and the founding director of the university’s Barker Texas History Center (now part of the Briscoe Center for American History).
"Rarely does a book appear concerning a period so remote that should correct so much current error."
—Marquis James, New York Times
"Finally, let it be emphasized that Sam Houston—the national statesman, the skilled politician, the ever-so-human and many-sided man—walks and talks, man-like, in this biography."
—Holman Hamilton, American Historical Review
Summerfield G. Roberts Prize
Sons of the Republic of Texas