Bestselling Author Visits Baylor University for Lecture and Book Signing

James Donovan
James Donovan photo courtesy of Melissa T. Shultz.
Oct. 22, 2012

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Contact: Lori Fogleman, Director of Media Communications, (254) 710-6275

WACO, Texas (Oct. 22, 2012) - Baylor University will host author James Donovan for a lecture on the Battle of the Alamo at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Bennett Auditorium in Draper Academic Building, 1420 S. Seventh St. A reception and book signing will follow at The Texas Collection in Carroll Library, 1429 S. Fifth St.

While writing his most recent book, The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation, Donovan conducted extensive research at Baylor University's Texas Collection and other archives to present a new perspective on the Battle of the Alamo. The book has received recognition in reviews by The Wall Street Journal,, The Economist, The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Times and other notable publications. He previously authored the bestseller A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Big Horn-The Last Great Battle of the American West.

"The Texas Collection at Baylor is wonderful," Donovan said. "I found some material that I never saw in any other collection - that includes the Briscoe Center for American History - which helped me write this book."

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (254) 710-1268.

by Brent Salter, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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