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Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

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In the tradition of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee", a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all, "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 is the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches. Although readers may be more familiar with the tribal names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined just how and 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 and so skillful with their arrows and lances 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. Against this backdrop Gwynne presents the compelling drama of Cynthia Ann Parker, a nine-year-old girl who was kidnapped by Comanches in 1836. She grew to love her captors and became infamous as the 'White Squaw' who refused to return until her tragic capture by Texas Rangers in 1860. More famous still was her son Quanah, a warrior who was never defeated and whose guerrilla wars in the Texas Panhandle made him a legend. S.C. Gwynne's account of these events is meticulously researched, intellectually provocative, and, above all, thrillingly told. Hide synopsis

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Reviews of Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

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RufusH

Brilliant!

by RufusH on Jul 24, 2012

A fascinating historical account of the plains indians, and the Comanches in particular. Brutal, honest, and filled with facts and explanations of the why and wherefore of all aspects of indian life and their white pursuers, which eventually results in their subversion. Hard to put down! More

William T.

OUTSTANDING!

by William T. on Jun 15, 2012

maybe the most informative historical accounts of the Comanches that I have ever read.It gave me a different perspective about these people and their importance as the major plains tribes.I will keep it at hand and read it often!Truly a great read! More

caslater

Quanah Parker story needed to be told

by caslater on Jun 7, 2012

Quanah Parker's story is well told. He played an important role in the final years of the Comanche nation. At the same time when he recognized the scope of the European migration that was far stronger and more advanced in technology and resources than his people could ever rest he lead his people ... More

Clara R

Great Book

by Clara R on Feb 2, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written. More

tapogirl

Very, very good

by tapogirl on May 19, 2011

This book is very interesting and well researched. We have dozens of books on Native Americans and this one is the best! More

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