Brian Kilmeade

I had the honor (once again!) to interview Brian Kilmeade, of Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends”. He has another book out with a deep-dive into an historical event called, “Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History”.

While the story of the Alamo is familiar to most, few remember how Sam Houston led Texians after a crushing loss to a shocking victory that secured their freedom and paved the way for America’s growth.

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Show transcript

I want to welcome back to the Consider This podcast Brian Kilmeade. You know him from the Fox News Channel morning show “Fox & Friends”. You can also catch him on his nationally syndicated radio show “The Brian Kilmeade Show” on Fox News Talk from 9-12 noon.

Brian has a history show on the FoxNation streaming service called, “What Made America Great”. He has a number of history books selling on Amazon. But not like history textbooks. These are titles like “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History”, “George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution”, and a book I talked with him about earlier this year, “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny”. This time out he’s looking behind the scenes of another historical event with “Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History”. Brian, thanks so much for coming on the show today.

First of all, I have to ask, where did this interest in history come from?

Let’s start with the Alamo. Sam Houston was not at that battle, but names we might recognize were; Jim Bowie, William Travis, and Davy Crockett, who all died there. Famous men had died in battle before, but you suggest that the death of these three in particular changed something regarding the idea of a “war hero”. What changed, and do war heroes of today have the same sort of cultural significance?

I also did a podcast for the time-traveling TV show “Timeless” where, in one episode, they had to make sure that William Travis wrote the “Victory or Death” letter while under siege at the Alamo. What effect did that letter have on the Texas independence fight?

So back to Sam Houston, after he hears of the defeat at The Alamo by Santa Anna, what was Houston doing at the time, and what affect did this have on him?

The forces that Houston had at his disposal were far outnumbered by Santa Anna’s troops. How did Houston manage to defeat a guy who was called the “Napoleon of the West”, and could his tactics still be useful today?

I learned from Paul Harvey’s “The Rest of the Story” that Sam Houston knew his enemy’s habits well. He attacked at 4pm when he knew that Santa Anna would be napping. Can you confirm that?

After getting their independence, Houston lobbied to get Texas admitted in the United States. What do you think would have happened to Texas if it had stayed independent?

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