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ROBERT WISEHART. Born for the Storm

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ROBERT WISEHART. Born for the Storm. Black Kettle Books. 376 pages; paperback $14.95; blackkettlebooks.com

A runaway who grew up among the Cherokee, Sam Houston returns to white society, becoming a brash young militiaman. After surviving grievous wounds at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, Houston grows from soldier to statesman, eventually rising to the governorship of Tennessee. The novel follows the early, pre-Texas career of the brawling, hard-drinking Houston though the scandal that ended his governorship and sent him back into exile, once again among his Cherokee brothers.