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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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andlt;Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In the tradition of andlt;Iandgt;Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, andlt;/Iandgt;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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;/Bandgt;S. C. Gwynneand#8217;s andlt;Iandgt;Empire of the Summer Moonandlt;/Iandgt;andlt;Bandgt; andlt;/Bandgt;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 and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 andlt;Iandgt;backward andlt;/Iandgt;by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands. So effective were the Comanches that they forced the creation of the Texas Rangers and account for the advent of the new weapon specifically designed to fight them: the six-gun. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynneand#8217;s exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroadsand#8212;a historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Against this backdrop Gwynne presents the compelling drama of Cynthia Ann Parker, a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower-blue eyes who was kidnapped by Comanches from the far Texas frontier 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. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;S. C. Gwynneand#8217;s account of these events is meticulously researched, intellectually provocative, and, above all, thrillingly told. andlt;Iandgt;Empire of the Summer Moon andlt;/Iandgt;announces him as a major new writer of American history.

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"Journalist Gwynne tracks one of the U.S.'s longest-running military conflicts in this gripping history of the war against the Comanche Indians on the high plains of Texas and Colorado. The Comanches stood for decades as the single most effective military force on the southern plains; their mastery of horseback warfare and their intimate knowledge of the trackless desert of the plains stymied the armies of Spain and Mexico, and blocked American westward expansion for 40 years. Gwynne's account orbits around Quanah Parker (ca. 1852 — 1911), the brilliant war chief whose resistance raged even as the Comanche, increasingly demoralized by the loss of the buffalo and the American military's policy of total annihilation, retreated into the reservation. Rigorously researched and evenhanded, the book paints both the Comanches and Americans in their glory and shame, bravery and savagery. The author's narrative prowess is marred only by his fondness for outdated anthropological terminology ('low barbarian,' 'premoral' culture). That aside, the book combines rich historical detail with a keen sense of adventure and of the humanity of its protagonists." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A sweeping narrative about the rise and fall of the Comanche, the most powerful and influential tribe in American history.

About the Author

Sam Gwynne is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared extensively in Time, for which he worked as bureau chief, national correspondent and senior editor from 1988 to 2000, and in Texas Monthly, where he was executive editor. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, and California Magazine. His previous book Outlaw Bank (co-authored with Jonathan Beaty) detailed the rise and fall of the corrupt global bank BCCI.  He attended Princeton and Johns Hopkins and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Katie and daughter Maisie.

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M F Hadley, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by M F Hadley)
An excellent account of the great plains warriors fight against the encroaching federales. Love to read about my personal hero Quanah Parker!
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MarkOKC, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by MarkOKC)
Excellent story, it reads like a tale of fiction.
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MissElaineous, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by MissElaineous)
What a wonderful book - a dramatic part of the American story, beautifully written, vivid, powerful,and compelling, with both savage and brave behavior on all sides. A mesmerizing book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416591054
Author:
Gwynne, S C
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Author:
Gwynne, S. C.
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Southwest
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Native Americans
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Biography-Native Americans
Subject:
Sam Gwynne; Sam Gwyn; Sam Guinn; S.C. Gwynne; S.C. Gwyn; S.C. Guinn; Comanches; Native Americans; Indians; Summer Moon; empire; tribe; native tribe; Native American trobe; Old West; Cynthia Ann Parker; Quanah; pioneer; half-breed; half-blood; chief; nativ
Subject:
Sam Gwynne; Sam Gwyn; Sam Guinn; S.C. Gwynne; S.C. Gwyn; S.C. Guinn; Comanches; Native Americans; Indians; Summer Moon; empire; tribe; native tribe; Native American trobe; Old West; Cynthia Ann Parker; Quanah; pioneer; half-breed; half-blood; chief; nativ
Subject:
Sam Gwynne; Sam Gwyn; Sam Guinn; S.C. Gwynne; S.C. Gwyn; S.C. Guinn; Comanches; Native Americans; Indians; Summer Moon; empire; tribe; native tribe; Native American trobe; Old West; Cynthia Ann Parker; Quanah; pioneer; half-breed; half-blood; chief; nativ
Subject:
Sam Gwynne; Sam Gwyn; Sam Guinn; S.C. Gwynne; S.C. Gwyn; S.C. Guinn; Comanches; Native Americans; Indians; Summer Moon; empire; tribe; native tribe; Native American trobe; Old West; Cynthia Ann Parker; Quanah; pioneer; half-breed; half-blood; chief; nativ
Subject:
Sam Gwynne; Sam Gwyn; Sam Guinn; S.C. Gwynne; S.C. Gwyn; S.C. Guinn; Comanches; Native Americans; Indians; Summer Moon; empire; tribe; native tribe; Native American trobe; Old West; Cynthia Ann Parker; Quanah; pioneer; half-breed; half-blood; chief; nativ
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8p b-w photo insert
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.1 in 19.285 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Journalist Gwynne tracks one of the U.S.'s longest-running military conflicts in this gripping history of the war against the Comanche Indians on the high plains of Texas and Colorado. The Comanches stood for decades as the single most effective military force on the southern plains; their mastery of horseback warfare and their intimate knowledge of the trackless desert of the plains stymied the armies of Spain and Mexico, and blocked American westward expansion for 40 years. Gwynne's account orbits around Quanah Parker (ca. 1852 — 1911), the brilliant war chief whose resistance raged even as the Comanche, increasingly demoralized by the loss of the buffalo and the American military's policy of total annihilation, retreated into the reservation. Rigorously researched and evenhanded, the book paints both the Comanches and Americans in their glory and shame, bravery and savagery. The author's narrative prowess is marred only by his fondness for outdated anthropological terminology ('low barbarian,' 'premoral' culture). That aside, the book combines rich historical detail with a keen sense of adventure and of the humanity of its protagonists." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A sweeping narrative about the rise and fall of the Comanche, the most powerful and influential tribe in American history.
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