The author has a unique knowledge of history, music in general and in particular the great melodies of Bonnie Scotland. That combination makes the work a must read whether you are interested in the Alamo alone or in the contributions of the roots of Scottish music as they reach beyond Caledonia. Scotsman the world over need to know that Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott had a big presence at the Alamo. The very title of the book, Now's the Day and Now's the Hour, is ripped from the pages of Scots Wha Ha'e, one of Burns' greatest poems. Carl Peterson has written a marvelous and masterful book about these brave American adventurers.