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Product Details

  • Series: The Civilization of the American Indian Series (Book 34)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; Reprint edition (September 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806120401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806120409
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Erneast Wallace was Professor of History in Texas Tech University.



E. Adamson Hoebel was Emeritus Professor of Anthropology in the University of Minnesota. He had many opportunities to observe Indian tribes, including Cheyennes, Comanches, and Shoshones. Besides this book and others, he was coauthor of The Comanches: Lords of the South Plains also published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joe Owen VINE VOICE on December 6, 2011
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I find SouthWestern U.S. History to be fascinating and this book adds to that. The authors did an excellent job in giving the history of this famous Native American tribe. The book starts with the beginnings of the tribe and how they spread throught the American Southwest from Kansas to Texas, into Old Mexico, New Mexico, and beyond. The Commanches were nomadic and did not consolidate their population. From their first occurance with the "white man", the authors give interesting and detailed history about later encounters and how the Oommanches defended their hunting grounds, way of life, and existence. The Commanches were fierce warriors when aroused and many settlers and soldiers found out the hard way by either being captured and killed, or being left to die. The Commanches were not a "blood thirsty" tribe as portrayed in the past, they were defending their way of life and did so fiercely right up to the very end. The authors also do an outstanding job in describing the Commanche customs, leaders, spirituallity, diet, and travels in these chapters of the book. I live in Texas and find that Texas history is closely interwoven with the Commanches. I recommend this book to any SouthWest U.S. Historian, Texas Historian, or Native American Historian. Is the book detailed" Yes, but in an interesting way that does not lose the readers interest. This is an enhancement to any American Historians library. Highly Recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeff O'Byrne on January 25, 2013
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Written by Ernest Wallace, an eminent historian of Texas and the Southern Plains, in collaboration with E. Adamson Hoebel an anthropologist, it provides a solid foundation for any discussion of the Comanches, Texas, or the southwestern border. For almost 200 years, after gaining horses from the Spanish, these warrior nomads expanded and defended their hunter-gather life style so effectively that the Spanish conquest was stopped, the Mexican nation kept south of the Rio Grand and the westward American expansion halted. Only the instantiation of better weapons by Colt and Winchester and their use by another group of warriors, the Texas Rangers, defeated them. An epic tale of a proud people!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By @jasonk5322 on November 8, 2013
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This is a book that is remarkably researched. It is a rare thing, a throwback to the days when historical research did not involve Google or the Internet. One history professor said that these two authors got in at the eleventh hour, since they were able to interview people who remember the pre-reservation days. It is a great book, but it is, in my opinion, too much for the armchair historian. There is too much detail for casual reading. Nevertheless, it is interesting to read about this group of Plains Indians.
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