A meaty novel of the Mexican Wars, through which the intricate pattern of the interrelations of Texas, Mexico and the United States is revealed -- and to some degree clarified. The story starts with the siege of the Alamo. Santa Anna, Mexican general, on the one side -- and opposed to him the intrepid Zachary Taylor, meet again -- the purpose of the Mexican to win Texas once more, -- of Taylor to secure California, New Mexico and Texas once and for all. In minute detail the campaigns which ended in the fall of the citadel and Chapultepec are described, and Santa Anna exposed in all his contradictions. The military aspects make this definitely a book for men primarily. The romance of Juan Diego, adopted Yanqui, son of Santa Anna and his side, and the lovely Maria Catalina, bride in name only of the treacherous Spaniard, Don Alejandro, is the thread that draws the story together but is not enough to make it an historical novel which would appeal to the average reader.