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Comanches: The History of a Peopleby T. R. Fehrenbach
Synopses & Reviews
In this classic account, bestselling historian T. R. Fehrenbach offers the definitive history of a tribe whose rise to prominence early in the nineteenth century was as swift and stunning as its demise only fifty years later.
The Comanches were the prototypical horse Indians — master riders of the high plains who lived in teepees and hunted bison. They were stunning orators and disciplined warriors who lived by a strict legal code and had a reputation for making the best arrows. They were also the tribe who defeated the French and Spanish colonialists before they succumbed to Anglo-American expansion. Thorough and unbiased, this fascinating book chronicles a remarkable people from their prehistoric origins to their destruction.
Book News Annotation:
This history relates the politics and wars of the Nermernuh (The People), from prehistory to their defeat at the hands of the Anglo- American invaders. Primarily a history of conflict, the narrative explores the introduction of the horse into Comanche society, the encounters with the French and the Spaniards, and the wars that raged across the Southwest in the 1800s. This is a paperbound reprint of a 1974 work. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Describes the culture and history of the Comanches, one of the most powerful Native American tribes, from their prehistoric beginnings through their gradual disintegration as an independent nation. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 555-557) and index.
About the Author
T.R. Fehrenbach was born in San Benito, Texas in 1925 and graduated from Princeton University in 1947. He has been a contributor to many publications, including Esquire, The Atlantic, The Saturday Evening Post, and The New Republic. He is the author of the best-selling Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans and Fire and Blood: A History of Mexico, among other works. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Lillian.
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