For today's post, we will be performing research on a book in my personal collection entitled "George Washington's Surprise Attack: A New Look at the Battle That Decided the Fate of America" which was published in 2014 by Phillip Tucker.
George Washington's Surprise Attack: A New Look at the Battle That Decided the Fate of America - 2014 - Phillip Thomas Tucker
Phillip Thomas Tucker
PHILLIP THOMAS TUCKER, Ph.D., is a national award-winning historian and America's most prolific groundbreaking "NEW LOOK" historian in multiple fields of history. Best known for presenting fresh perspectives and original ideas to demythologize traditional history, Tucker has authored nearly 130 works, both scholarly books and articles, of history that have long overturned outdated books of traditional history. The winner of prestigious national awards and well-known as "a creative, innovative thinker, who has a gift for conceiving and outlining original works in serious history," this literary scholar has emerged as America's most iconoclastic and prolific historian in the 21st Century. Tucker's groundbreaking history books have been widely praised on both sides of the Atlantic from the New York Times to the London Times. A fellow Ph.D. in history and professional historian emphasized how "Tucker is one of the most innovative, hardest working, and diligently productive" historians in America.
Presenting vibrant historical narrative and cutting edge history distinguished by new perspectives and insights, the author has written nearly 70 highly-original books of unique distinction. Tucker's forthcoming book, "RANGER RAID," will present a close look at the most audacious and daring raid in the annals of American military history--the attack of Robert Rogers and his Rangers on St. Francis, while breaking much new ground. This book has broadened the author's range of books from the French and Indian War to the Second World War. He has just completed another groundbreaking book about the most famous ancient Chinese warrior woman, "MULAN AND THE MODERN CONTROVERSY, THE UNCONQUERABLE SPIRIT OF A YOUNG AND COURAGEOUS CHINESE WOMAN."
More than 20 of Tucker's books have been written about the distinguished legacies of black heroes and heroines, including a new book about the forgotten mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Claudette Colvin; five volumes devoted to heroine Harriet Tubman; four volumes devoted to the most famous black regiment (the 54th Massachusetts) of the Civil War; and three volumes devoted to black female freedom fighters of the "Haitian Revolutionary Women Series." He has written nearly a dozen books about unforgettable black women to reveal their rich contributions to America's story and Caribbean history.
Very few historians have so expertly combined academic and popular history to recreate the past from meager scraps of historical evidence to continuously break new ground and present fresh perspectives, while shattering myths and providing distinctive "New Look" perspectives to historical narratives. Unlike traditionally told historical narratives from only one side, the author has allowed readers to view the most ignored side, especially black history and women's history, to bestow a more balanced and honest perspective to the historical record.
The author's most recent book has been devoted to the incredible saga of teenage Claudette Colvin, which is a heroic story of defiance and protest in the face of impossible odds. Tucker's CLAUDETTE COLVIN, FORGOTTEN MOTHER OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT is an especially timely and important work for all Americans today. Dr. Tucker has been the most prolific and groundbreaking author in black history in the last 30 years.
Tucker's books are distinguished by an unique fusion of enlightenment with groundbreaking history to reveal important historical narratives that have been long-ignored and forgotten. Tucker earned national recognition for winning one of America's most prestigious national awards for the best non-fiction book in Southern history in 1993, the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award. When researching his books, the author has walked the historical places and grounds that he had written about to gain insightful on-the-ground experience. Dr. Tucker also enjoyed a distinguished career as a Department of Defense historian, primarily in Washington, D.C., for decades.
He has been long known for innovative, creative thinking outside the box to present different views to solve historical mysteries and overturn traditional viewpoints. Tucker's iconoclastic books are widely-known to be as hard-hitting as they are groundbreaking, including CUSTER AT GETTYSBURG, A NEW LOOK AT GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER VERSUS JEB STUART IN THE BATTLE"S CLIMACTIC CAVALRY CHARGES: the most important Civil War book of corrective Gettysburg history released in the 21st Century. The History Book Club lavishly praised this groundbreaking book--"a book combing two popular subjects, author and historian Phillip Thomas Tucker recounts the story of Custer at Gettysburg with verve."
Fellow professional historians have long recognized Dr. Tucker's prolific author's "gift for conceiving and outlining original works in serious history [which is] his longest suit as a professional historian," in the words of one distinguished academic historian and fellow Ph.D. in the field of history. The author has long been "the most innovative, hardest working, and diligently productive [historian] of his generation."
The author's well-researched, scholarly books have presented cutting edge NEW LOOK history that have provided fresh views about turning point moments in American history. A 2020 History Book Club and Military Book Club Selection like five of the author's CUSTER AT GETTYSBURG has been acclaimed by leading experts as thoughtfully penetrating, while illuminating the most forgotten chapter of Gettysburg history. This new book has overturned the outdated obsolete books, which have been written by non-academic and amateur writers without Ph.D's, about the crucial cavalry role at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Representing the author's 7th groundbreaking Gettysburg book in his well-known MythBusting tradition, CUSTER AT GETTYSBURG has presented a corrective analysis to explain the most neglected reason for decisive Union victory at Gettysburg, when Custer and his Michigan men saved the day. CUSTER AT GETTYSBURG, the most scholarly book about this forgotten turning point, has overturned generations of outdated Gettysburg historiography, while revealing the author's longtime penchant for writing groundbreaking history. The History Book Club editor wrote how this book tells the story "Where the legend of Custer was born," and how "Custer's true rise to prominence began on the battlefield of Gettysburg [and Tucker] shows how the Custer legend was born [in] the war's most famous battle, an eye-opening new perspective on Gettysburg's overlooked cavalry battle" to reconfirm the author's widespread reputation as America's leading "New Look" historian.
By presenting cutting edge history, Tucker's books have turned the traditional historical narrative upside down to present fresh views and perspectives from meticulous research, while rewriting the romanticized, obsolete history that has been incorrectly presented to us by old school traditionalists. Tucker has emerged as America's most groundbreaking and prolific "New Look" historian, presenting corrective and cutting edge history of importance. This award-winning writer has authored nearly 70 books (4.5 Million plus words) of unique distinction in a wide range of highly-specialized fields of history, while maintaining high quality output of corrective history for a lengthy period: an accomplishment not achieved by any American historian.
For decades, Dr. Tucker has bestowed recognition to forgotten women, blacks, and other ignored players in America's story to leave a lasting literary achievement in multiple fields of history. No American historian has broken more new ground in so many books of historical significance in so many diverse fields of history than this author: an unprecedented achievement. While chronicling important lives in colorful narratives, Tucker has written uniquely human and cutting edge history in truly iconoclastic books that enlighten and inspire readers. The author earned a Ph.D. in American History at a prestigious Jesuit institution, St. Louis University, where he was "part of a tradition of academic excellence." Tucker then served his country for more than two decades as a Department of Defense civilian historian mostly in Washington, D.C., including working for the USAF Chief of Staff.
The author has illuminated major turning point moments in American history, including his highly-acclaimed PICKETT'S CHARGE, A NEW LOOK AT GETTYSBURG'S FINAL ATTACK (distributed by Simon and Schuster). This book was lavishly praised by distinguished Yale graduate Thomas E. Ricks, one of America's most distinguished historians, in his NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW (11/10/2016), "Thomas Ricks on the Season's Military History." Please see this NEW YORK TIMES review: (https://www.nytimes.com>2016/11/13>books>reviews>new-military-history). Gifted scholar and Gettysburg expert, Bradley M. Gottfried, Ph.D., former College of Southern Maryland president, emphasized how Tucker's PICKETT'S CHARGE is "easily the best book on the topic."
The author's CUSTER AT GETTYSBURG has set the historical record straight, while revealing a forgotten turning point moment in American history: Custer's vital role in helping to win the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. CUSTER AT GETTYSBURG is even more groundbreaking work is even more important than PICKETT'S CHARGE. This scholarly work has overturned the many outdated Gettysburg books by traditional authors clinging to outdated orthodoxy.
No historian today has broken more new ground in the Gettysburg field than Tucker, including his recent AMERICA'S BLOODY HILL OF DESTINY. Tucker has authored seven unique Gettysburg books with "NEW LOOK" perspectives and a distinctive Cattonesque narrative style and energetic writing, while providing a wealth of new ideas, fresh views, and insightful perspectives. He has overturned conventional wisdom and outdated Gettysburg history in groundbreaking books like BARKSDALE'S CHARGE, THE IRISH AT GETTYSBURG, STORMING LITTLE ROUND TOP, GETTYSBURG'S MOST HELLISH BATTLEGROUND, etc. Tucker has become the most prolific "New Look" historian and groundbreaking scholar in Gettysburg studies in the 21st Century, having written far more history books than America's famous historians.
He has presented unique aspects of history--military, social, political, racial--in a new and fresh way, including his recent books of the new Harriet Tubman Series. One expert emphasized about the author's DEATH AT THE LITTLE BIGHORN: "no one has made a stronger case for what really happened than Phillip Thomas Tucker in this compelling and convincing narration." The author's books are distinguished by a vivid, lively descriptive style of writing unlike the dry, textbook style. Tucker has long focused on human interest stories and historical vignettes. Describing characters and events in great detail, the author's unique narrative style, often poetic, in overall vivid descriptiveness, allows the reader to be transported back in time to stirring moments in history. By bringing forgotten men and women vividly to life, Tucker has written books of rare distinction. A narrative and descriptive historian with a Ph.D. who has successfully merged these strengths, Tucker has allowed readers to gain an intimate feel for history. The author has become America's most prolific ground-breaking historian in multiple fields of history: an unprecedented achievement.
An innovative, out-of-the-box thinker, Tucker has authored highly-original "NEW LOOK" narratives to reveal new insights and perspectives to prove that the best history goes against the grain and tradition. Daniel N. White emphasized in his insightful 9/20/2011 review of the author's myth-busting EXODUS FROM THE ALAMO: "Finally, The Truth About the Alamo."
Tucker earned three history degrees from prestigious universities, including a Ph.D. in American history (4.0 GPA). In books distinguished by their broad human appeal and fresh interpretations, the author has most often untangled historical half-truths to present more accurate history by exploring the complexities of the human experience on multiple levels. This myth-busting historian has illuminated climactic and crescendo moments from the American Revolution to the Second World War, while establishing new literary benchmarks in Women's, African American, Caribbean, American Revolutionary War, Tuskegee, Civil War, Abolition, Buffalo Soldier, Irish, Little Bighorn, Pirate, Aviation, Western, Spanish-American War, Battle of Gettysburg, and Southern history.
Tucker's iconoclastic books have bestowed greater recognition to long-ignored African American men and women. The author has emerged as one of the most groundbreaking historians in African American history. The author's groundbreaking series (54th Massachusetts Glory Series) of books have celebrated the heroics of the North's first black regiment: the first series of books ever devoted to this remarkable black regiment that brought forth a new birth of freedom to America.
Tucker's books about black history have focused on bringing about greater social awareness. In highly-original "NEW LOOK" narratives, the author has promoted the heroics of brave African American men and women from the American Revolution to the Second World War, including groundbreaking works, including entire series.
Tucker's "NEW LOOK" books have also focused on the Buffalo Soldier experience and Jamaica's national heroine Nanny. Tucker's book about the remarkable life of Cathy Williams was praised by Library Journal: "A unique story of gender and race . . . that reaches across categories, from American, African American, and military history to Western and Women's history."
Like his revealing books in African American history, Tucker has accomplished a comparable significant literary feat in Irish history. The author has written about the forgotten Irish contributions in the Civil War, Texas Revolution, and Westward Expansion: HOW THE IRISH WON THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION; THE IRISH AT GETTYSBURG; GOD HELP THE IRISH! HISTORY OF THE IRISH BRIGADE, and other noteworthy books, including award winners.
Historian Perry D. Jamieson, Ph.D., emphasized how: "What separates [Tucker] from many other historians is that he is an innovative 'idea person.' I have known very few historians who can match his ability to conceive a topic, develop a fresh approach to it, and write about it at length."
In correcting the historical record in his national award-winners, Best Sellers, and History and Military Book Club Main Selections, Tucker has overturned America's oldest prevailing myths. A historian's greatest gift has been to present the familiar in new ways. His books have reinterpreted history to provide fresh perspectives, allowing a new generation of readers to rediscover America's fascinating past through a sharper lens and more intensified focus. One professor emphasized Tucker's educational contributions: "thousands of tourists may now be exposed to what has been washed out by narratives" for generations.
By conceiving original history, he has emerged today as America's leading corrective historian and deconstructionist of outdated history. Described as a "once in a generation historian," Tucker has authored ground-breaking "NEW LOOK" books that present unique perspectives. One revered historian concluded: "Dr. Tucker is one of the two or three best 'idea persons' that I've met during my nearly twenty years as a professional military historian." By digging deeper to solve history's mysteries, Tucker has dismantled some of the most sacred cows in American history.
Tucker has always taken the road least traveled by historians by focusing on unique "NEW LOOK" perspectives in vivid historical narratives. Tucker has praised the American fighting man, while simultaneously promoting greater social awareness. Struggles against the odds by forgotten underdog players are featured in Tucker's biographies. One professor praised this award-winning author "for making the study of mankind a real narrative."
The author's books are distinguished by their overall humanity to reveal history's most intimate and personal side. In one reviewer's words: "Most history in printed form has very little, if any humanity [but the author's books] made a profound impact on me, due not only to razor-sharp depictions of strategy and its execution, but something that was revealed with astonishing empathy: the Truth."
Tucker's books have gone against the grain of the traditional consensus to present fascinating chapters of America's most hidden history by focusing on revealing long-silenced voices. One historian emphasized that Tucker's DEATH AT THE LITTLE BIGHORN: Custer's Last movements and decisions have been argued about since 1876, but, in my mind, no one has made a stronger case for what really happened than Phillip Thomas Tucker in this compelling and convincing narration." PICKETT'S CHARGE (Main Selection of the History Book Club) also garnered praise from leading experts: "Replaces 150 years of uninterrogated mythology with meticulously research history to give us a new and long-overdue understanding" of this key turning point moment in American history.
Tucker's "New Look" 2010 EXODUS FROM THE ALAMO, THE ANATOMY OF THE LAST STAND MYTH (a History Book Club Selection sold at the Alamo) has overturned mythical Texas history. A Library Journal review emphasized that "Tucker provides long-overdue corrections to the Alamo story unknown to most readers." Another reviewer concluded: "I commend Phillip Thomas Tucker for uncovering the ugly truth" about Texas. In mid-August 2011, The Times and Daily Mail of London, England, featured complimentary lead stories about "Exodus from the Alamo."
FAKE AMAZON 1-Star and 2-Star ATTACK REVIEWS FROM TUCKER DERANGEMENT SYNDROME: One contributor to a Civil War blog revealed the motivation behind an organized campaign of posting fake 1-star Amazon reviews for the author's books for years: "Did you pan it on Amazon? . . . stop Tucker before he writes again." Only one or two cyber cowards (attack reviews editor obsessive) have been behind the posting of more than 150 fake 1-star Amazon reviews against the author's works for more than half a decade. One publisher, whose editors have been repeatedly smeared, concluded how "they are simply scum."
EXODUS FROM THE ALAMO Reviews by Leading Experts:
--"The research is hard to argue against [and] is pretty straight forward. Read all of it with an open mind [and] You will surprise yourself," Kepler's Military History.
--"Tucker provides long-overdue corrections to the Alamo story unknown to most readers," Library Journal.
--"Tucker has written a remarkable account of one of America's pivotal military actions," Military Heritage Magazine.
--''Tucker's bold assessment is undeniably true," City Book Review
--"My, My, My, we now have a truthful book about the Alamo [by the] complete demolition of the Texas founding myth done here," Dandelion Salad Review "Finally,The Truth About the Alamo," by Daniel N. White, Sept. 20, 2011.
--"An eye-opening reappraisal of what really happened [at] the Alamo [and] Tucker's well researched account dramatically rewrites long-accepted history and shatters some of the most cherished and enduring myths of the 1836 battle," Armchair General.
--"Readers open to new interpretations . . . will find compelling arguments within its well-researched pages," Dallas Morning Star.
--"It is refreshing for historians to challenge the conventions of history," Army Magazine.
In reviewer Daniel N. White's words: "The elephant in Texas history's living room has always been . . . slavery," and Tucker has exposed this fact in full.
In a NEW YORK TIMES review (Nov. 10, 2016), Thomas E. Ricks praised PICKETT'S CHARGE: "Tucker, who has written many books of military history, makes the contrarian argument [but] the book is most interesting for the bright nuggets of information Tucker presents . . . a mosaic of thousands of pieces that, seen whole, amounts to a fascinating picture of what was probably the most important moment of the Civil War [with] new facts, different perspectives."
Tucker's "NEW LOOK" books have provided fresh insights about America's most defining and climactic turning moments. He has also illuminated obscure historical blind spots, while correcting "old school" narratives of America's most iconic moments. He has employed new ways in analyzing historical evidence to provide fresh interpretations and analysis. Tucker has never written "your father's history." One professor emphasized: "it is so good to know that we have academic warriors."
The author's first-ever biographies have illuminated the forgotten lives of underdogs, lost souls, rebels, outcasts, renegades, deserters, generals, Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen, pirates, misfits, nonconformists, and refugees, while going against the grain to reveal long-overlooked historical truths. The author has presented an "unvarnished look" in his "ground-breaking new analysis at one of America's iconic battles" to completely overturn the long-entrenched traditional views. "Exodus from the Alamo" garnered "an exemplary series of reviews from objective publications and scholars" on both sides of the Atlantic.
In demystifying America's iconic turning point moments, Tucker's unique "NEW LOOK" perspectives have allowed readers to rethink history in an entirely new way. He has illuminated history in a new light to expose long-existing misconceptions. The author's penchant for presenting unvarnished historical truths through an unfiltered lens has overturned traditional history and conventional thought, while revealing "taboo" perspectives. The author's books bring to life forgotten men and women long banished to history's most obscure margins.
AMERICA'S TOP ACADEMICS LAVISHLY PRAISE "NEW LOOK" BOOKS:
PICKETT'S CHARGE has presented many fresh views and new perspectives. This "magisterial" book has been highly-praised by America's top academics and leading Civil War and Gettysburg historians.
The New York Times review of "Pickett's Charge" praised the fresh approach:
---Tucker's "Pickett's Charge, A New Look at Gettysburg's Final Attack offers a vastly (and intriguingly) different spin on your average assessment of the presumed futility of the attack." HistoryNet
---Historian Alan Axelrod, Ph.D.: "Phillip Thomas Tucker's magisterial Pickett's Charge: A New Look at Gettysburg's finally replaces 150-plus years of uninterrogated mythology with meticulously researched history to give us a new and long-overdue understanding."
---William C. Davis emphasized: "In his almost minute-by-minute account of the most famous infantry charge in history, Phillip Thomas Tucker provides a thoughtful and challenging new look at the great assault at Gettysburg, from planning to aftermath. Not afraid to lay blame where he thinks it belongs, Tucker is fresh and bold in his analysis and use of sources."
---Louis P. Masur, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History, Rutgers University: "A thought-provoking and eye-opening study of this pivotal moment in American history."
---"the author does a workman-like job of revising many myths and misconceptions about the battle [and] takes issue with many of the long-held assumptions and analysis of the famous attack and seeks to revise many long-held misconceptions" Jerry D. Lenaburg, Graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Senior DoD Military Analyst, New York Journal of Books.
---"A popular historian deconstructs 'the greatest assault of the greatest battle of America's greatest war'," Kirkus Reviews
---"No action in the Civil War is more iconic than the misnamed 'Pickett's Charge,' and yet few episodes of this most studied of wars is in need of more enlightened and enlightening reexamination [until] Phillip Thomas Tucker's magisterial Pickett's Charge," Alan Axelrod, Ph.D.
--"Pickett's Charge, A New Look at Gettysburg's Final Attack is a detailed analysis of one of the most iconic and defining moments in American history. This book presents a much-needed fresh look, including the unvarnished truths and ugly realities about the
unforgettable story," Press Release.
--"Tucker officers a fresh account of Gettysburg's final attack [and] reveals the tactical brilliance of a master plan that went awry. Drawing on ample primary sources . . . Pickett's Charge details the complexities and contradictions of one of the pivotal moments in our nation's defining contests." History Book Club and Military Book Club
--"Phillip Thomas Tucker's new book 'Pickett's Charge' . . . reveals the incredible Irish underpinnings of the day that changed America forever . . . Tucker sets out to quash two myths that have fueled Civil War debate for 150 years [and] The first of these is that Pickett's Charge was an ill-advised roll of the dice [and] The second myth is that Pickett's Charge, like the broader Confederate war effort, was Anglo-Saxon in its leadership and execution . . . Tucker introduces us to the Irish-born and the sons of the Irish-born" men of Pickett's Charge and "Tucker has restored a vital part of our history in America." IrishCentral
DEATH AT THE LITTLE BIGHORN was another History Book Club and Military Book Club selection like PICKETT's CHARGE. This ground-breaking book has garnered praise for presenting fresh perspectives and new views that have been overlooked by generations of historians.
--"Custer's last movements and decisions have been argued about since 1876, but, in my mind, no one has made a stronger case for what really happened [at the Little Bighorn] than Phillip Thomas Tucker," Robert Boze Bell, Executive Editor of True West Magazine, about Tucker's book.
--"Presents a fascinating, lively, and important reassessment of the famous Battle of the Little Bighorn . . . Where the 'Last Stand' happened and what it means will change dramatically for readers of this book." Clyde A. Milner, II, co-editor of The Oxford History of the American West.
--"Phillip Thomas Tucker [emphasized] that the true turning point of the battle came early with the charge at Medicine Tail Coulee Ford." Wild West Magazine.
MORE ACCLAIM FROM LEADING EXPERTS:
Premier historian James M. McPherson, Ph.D., winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the George Henry Davis '86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University, wrote how Tucker is "one of the most prolific Civil War historians" in America. Tucker's "Pickett's Charge," has continued his ground-breaking Gettysburg scholarship distinguished by new perspectives: "Storming Little Round Top," which was described as "extremely well-researched and well-written," Choice.
The groundbreaking "Pickett's Charge" and "Death at the Little Bighorn" (both History Book Club Selections) are "NEW LOOK" books that have presented a more inclusive approach, providing readers with a thorough understanding of these pivotal moments.
Historian Allen Carl Guelzo praised the author's books: "Phillip Thomas Tucker, who has written on topics as varied as the Alamo, the Revolutionary War, and African American soldiers [has produced a] narrative [that] is thickly sprinkled with commentary from diaries and letters."
In regard to Tucker's highly-acclaimed "Barksdale's Charge" at Gettysburg, Jerry D. Morelock, Ph.D., emphasized how, "The author of the acclaimed Exodus from the Alamo does more 'mythbusting' in this superbly argued book."
--Terrence Winchell, NPS Historian, emphasized how "Tucker has produced a wonderful addition to the library of the most discerning Gettysburg collector." Scholar Darryl E. Brock, Ph.D., also praised this Gettysburg book: "Presenting an exhilarating narrative based on rigorous re-interpretation of historical sources, scholars and lay readers alike soon recognize the Southern nation's high watermark as the second day at Gettysburg." In still another milestone study, Tucker's "Pickett's Charge" has continued his tradition of presenting "NEW LOOK" perspectives to correct stale Gettysburg historiography.
Dr. Edward G. Longacre emphasized how "Burnside's Bridge highlights a significant but neglected aspect of Antietam [and] the author's scholarship is sound, his grasp of tactics sure, and his writing vivid, making Burnside's Bridge both a good read and good history."
--Likewise, the Journal of Southern History praised "Burnside's Bridge": "Tucker offers a blow-by-blow account of the fight for the lower Antietam . . . Tucker deserves considerable praise for his efforts. Drawing upon a truly impressive range of primary and secondary sources, he has produced a thorough and highly readable narrative."
--William C. Davis wrote: "'The Thermopylae of the Civil War' . . . the single most remembered aspect of the fight, the contest for the bridge, has not until now been the subject of an in-depth book-length study. Phillip Thomas Tucker remedies this in Burnside's Bridge . . . In a work thoroughly researched and dramatically written, Tucker lays out the story" in dramatic fashion.
From "Burnside's Bridge" to "Pickett's Charge" in the eastern theater and to equally ground-breaking books about the western theater, Tucker has focused on forgotten aspects of the Civil War. Tucker's books have illuminated the American experience to present multi-dimensional perspectives. Utilizing an ability to demythologize, Tucker has reinterpreted the outdated historical record and the most iconic moments of American history, breathing new life into the outdated traditional narratives.
Tucker has long focused on exploring the most hidden history to expose misconceptions and correct the historical record long in need of fresh analysis. Tucker has presented the good, bad, and ugly by relying on primary documentation mined from private and public collections. Tucker's "Exodus from the Alamo" has also won widespread acclaim:
--"The research is hard to argue against [and] is pretty straight forward. Read all of it with an open mind before drawing your own conclusions. You just might surprise yourself."
Kepler's Military History.
--"Exodus from the Alamo offers a fresh and fascinating look at [the Alamo and] Tucker's efforts to include all pertinent evidence, including that of previously ignored Mexican sources, pays off in the form of a relevant and thoroughly researched book."
--"A necessary read for anyone interested in the Texas war of Independence."
--"demonstrating a mastery and understanding" of the Alamo's mysteries.
Journal of America's Military Past.
--"Dr. Tucker examines the real story behind the premier symbol of Texas . . .
courageous as it is insightful, Exodus from the Alamo is a major contribution . . . "
Antonio Zavaleta, Ph.D.
"I've just finished reading an extraordinary book, Exodus from the Alamo [from]
reliable overlooked sources." Present Progressive.
Tucker has unearthed long-overlooked aspects of ethnic and social history to fill cultural and social gaps in America's story. Reanalyzed America's most iconic moments in great detail, Dr. Tucker has brought vividly to life fascinating personalities in first-ever biographies about America's female Buffalo Soldier Cathy Williams; Emily D. West; John C. Robinson, "Father of the Tuskegee Airmen; etc. Tucker's "Father of the Tuskegee Airmen, John C. Robinson" gained widespread praise. Daniel L. Haulman, AF Historical Research Agency, wrote how for the first time, "Phillip Thomas Tucker resurrects John C. Robinson [and] convinces us that Robinson is one of the greatest of the black aviation pioneers."
--Professor Mario Marcel Salas wrote: "Tucker knows how to mine the data for details lying well below the surface and use them to create an exhilarating narrative. This book demonstrates the power of analysis and the ability of the author to tell of the African American experience."
--Professor Tim Carmichael: "This engaging biography of John C. Robinson, the 'Brown Condor,' gives the aviation pioneer his historical due and . . . makes an important contribution to our knowledge."
Over a period of decades, Dr. Tucker has evolved into "the most innovative, hardest working, and diligently productive historian of his generation."