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Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the… (original 2010; edition 2011)

by S. C. Gwynne

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Title:Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
Authors:S. C. Gwynne
Info:Scribner (2011), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 371 pages
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Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne (2010)

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    The Comanche Empire by Pekka Hamalainen (Muscogulus)
    Muscogulus: Gwynne's book captured all the hype, but Hämäläinen's book is the one that revolutionized the history of the Comanche people. It deserves more attention.
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    Comanche Sundown by Jan Reid (SRPetty)
    SRPetty: These books cover similar territory but one is solidly researched fiction, the other solidly researched non-fiction. To read them together will enhance your experience of this troubled time in our history.

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It was difficult at times to read about the horrific things done by both Indians and Whites. But I learned a lot about the settling of the country and what was done to the Indians.
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  Pickiej | Jan 24, 2015 |
I both loved this book and cringed while reading it. Very well-written, it depicted life on the open plains in vivid color. Having Indian ancestors, I found lots of personal connections in the pages. Great historical read! ( )
  ginger.hewitt | Jan 20, 2015 |
Very entertaining book about the development of the Comanche empire and then its ultimate destruction. This book was less about Quanah than it was about the Comanches in general and the flood of settlers encroaching on the Comanche's land. Two thumbs up. ( )
  branjohb | Dec 28, 2014 |
This book offers a gripping narrative about the forty-year struggle between the Comanches and the settlers in Texas. It focuses on Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped by the Comanches, and her son Quannah who became a leader of the Comanches that resisted white settlement as long as possible, but it also tells of many other characters and events, including the development of the Texas Rangers. I admit that I knew none of this history, so I found the entire story to be fascinating. ( )
  proflinton | Sep 11, 2014 |
I was riveted by this book. It seems to me to say so much about the culture of war and speaks to the current events around the globe. Each side guilty of vicious acts and the dehumanization of their enemies. Gwynne tells the story of both sides with great care and also with the brutal reality from actual accounts. It says something about the true nature of people. We have in us the ability for great violence and brutality, we also have the ability to love, and more than anything we have an amazing will to survive. ( )
  jenn_stringer | Aug 24, 2014 |
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Empire of the Summer Moon is a skillfully told, brutally truthful, history.

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The desert wind would salt their ruins and there would be nothing, no ghost or scribe, to tell any pilgrim in his passing how it was that people had lived in this place and in this place had died.
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Cavalrymen remember such moments: dust swirling behind the pack mules, regimental bugles shattering the air, horses snorting and riders' tack creaking through the ranks, their old company song rising on the wind: "Come home, John! . ..."
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Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories.
the first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history.
The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped by Comanches as a nine-year-old girl, and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.
Although readers may be more familiar with the Apache and Sioux [LaKota], it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined when the American West opened up. Comanche boys became adept bareback riders by age six; full Comanche braves were considered the best horsemen who ever rode. they were so masterful at war that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the french expansion westward from Louisiana. White settlers arriving in Texas from the eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled backward by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands.
The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne's exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, the arrival of the railroads, and the amazing story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah - a historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being.

Hailed by critics, Empire of the Summer Moon announces S.C. Gwynne as a major new writer of American History
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Describes the actions of both whites and Comanches during a 40-year war over territory, in a story that begins with the kidnapping of a white girl, who grew up to marry a Comanche chief and have a son, Quanah, who became a great warrior.

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