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Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the… (2010)

de S. C. Gwynne

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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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    The Comanche Empire de Pekka Hämäläinen (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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    Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee de Dee Brown (Cecrow)
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    Comanche sundown a novel de 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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A finalist for the Pulitzer prize, this is a look at the powerful Comanche nation and its most fascinating and powerful chief. While the Comanche never had an over all chief but rather were organized around who ever could command the confidence of enough warriors to go on a raid would lead the raid. Quanah Parker who ironically was born of a white captive mother became in the Comanche Reservation years the overall chief of the Comanches.

While the focus of the book is Quanah Parker and the Comanches, the reader will also learn much about the early history of Texas including the wars with Mexico, the development of the Texas Rangers, the rise of the cattle ranchers such as Charlie Goodnight, the destruction of the buffalo herds, the fate of settlers when attacked by Indians, the fate of men & women captives of Comanches, the many other tribes who competed with the Comanches for horses and territory and a lesson in the geography of Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado.

A fascinating, readable account of the early history of the western America. ( )
  lamour | Oct 8, 2021 |
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
Review: This was definitely another interesting read. It didn't captivate my attention as much as Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee did. Gwynn's work, however, did enlighten me to more of the Native American history on the West Coast of the US. There were certain points that I felt lagged on for a lot longer than necessary, and other parts left me a bit confused. I do recommend this as a read, but only as a starting point. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
The book jacket basically tells it all, and notes that the book describes: (1) the Comanche Indian tribe and their fighting for their territory in the Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado area; (2) their fierce battles with the settlers of that region, including stories of savagery on both sides; and (3) culminating in the story of Quanah Parker, the last of the great chiefs and of his white mother, captured as a young girl in a Comanche raid.

I found the book to be a little less about the life of Quanah Parker than I originally expected, and a little more about the many raids and lifestyle of these Plains Indians, but clearly historical evidence is more extensive on the latter than the former. All in all, the book was an eye-opener as to what life in the mid 1800's was like for settlers on the Texas frontier, and a reminder of the story of how the native american tribes were gradually forced from their historical lands and way of life.
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
The most interesting, well-written and researched nonfiction Ive read in the last couple of years. Fascinating!

I also loved how it managed to show the tragedy of the extermination of the American Natives without getting into any clichés and showing them as what they were - especially in case of the Comanches - stone age brutes with a faible for torture. ( )
  summerloud | May 9, 2021 |
Awesome read ( )
  gcreel | Mar 9, 2021 |
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Empire of the Summer Moon is a skillfully told, brutally truthful, history.

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