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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 Paperback – Illustrated, May 10, 2011
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“Transcendent . . . Empire of the Summer Moon is nothing short of a revelation . . . will leave dust and blood on your jeans.”--New York Times Book Review
"In Empire of the Summer Moon, Sam Swynne has given us a rich, vividly detailed rendering of an important era in our history and of two great men, Quanah Parker and Ranald Slidel Mackenzie, whose struggles did much to define it."
About the Author
S.C. Gwynne is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Rebel Yell and Empire of the Summer Moon, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He spent most of his career as a journalist, including stints with Time as bureau chief, national correspondent, and senior editor, and with Texas Monthly as executive editor. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife.
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EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON really awakened some of those memories - but from both sides. It was a horrible time for the settlers and the Indians! I have read many books on the subject, but this was the BEST, most accurate account, from both sides. It gives true documentation of events as they happened. We have given this book to so many family members and friends. A few weeks ago, we gave it to a Comanche friend. He said he learned so much about his people from this book. We HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone wanting to know the true history of the west from both sides.
Second, the research and history involved with writing this book is out of this world. Comancheria, the expansive territory of the Comanche Plains Indians is so high and wide it's amazing that one writer could put it all in one book. But he did.
Then, because I am familiar with all of this territory, sometimes I half expect the characters in the book to come walking right off the page. It's not only excellent reporting; it's a remarkable story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son, Quanah, the last Comanche Indian Chief.
I grew up in Southern Arizona (think Apaches), I lived 17 years in the Dallas area where the early American Frontier sort of "ended;" and I now live in Kansas, the northern most area of Comancheria. My grandmother knew Quanah Parker when they were both in Oklahoma. We visit Amarillo TX often, the area where Quanah Parker finally surrendered to General McKenzie. It was a wise surrender, resulting in peace and quiet for both Plains Indians and Anglos.
If you are an American History buff, this book is as important as any book written about America's birth, revolution or Civil War. There are passages of unspeakable violence and passages of tender discoveries. This is a great book and I recommend it to anyone who can read.