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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

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

  • Title: Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
  • Author: S.C. Gwynne
  • ISBN: 9781416591054
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.S C Gwynne s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories The first traces the rise and fall of the ComancheIn 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.S C Gwynne s 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 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 Although readers may be 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 So effective were the Comanches that they forced the creation of the

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    Comment 728 on “Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

    1. William Thomas says:
      As a historian, I will rarely give a general or popular history than 3 stars Much the same way I will never say an historian And no matter the amount of research that goes into popular history, it hardly ever seems to merit so much praise And that is because it answers no questions, asks no new questions, puts forth none of its own theories, and has no one singular hypothesis This book, although a fantastic, sweeping history of the Comanche, it is not a work to be discussed as academic history [...]

    2. Arah-Lynda says:
      The desert wind would salt their ruins and there would be nothing, no ghost or scribe, to tell any pilgrim in his passing how it was that people had lived in this place and in this place had died Cormac McCarthyThe date was October 3rd, 1871 Six hundred soldiers and twenty Tonkawa scouts had bivouacked on a bend of the Clear Fork of the Brazos, about one hundred and fifty miles west of Fort Worth, Texas Though they did not know it at the time their presence marked the beginning of the end of the [...]

    3. Lyn says:
      Empire of the Summer Moon Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C Gwynne, first published in 2010, tells the entertaining and informative, somewhat scholarly account of the Comanche tribe Gwynne uses the histories of Cynthia Parker the historic inspiration for Natalie Wood s character in John Wayne s The Searchers and the Mary McDonnell character Stands With a Fist in Kevin Costner s film Dances With Wolves and her son Quana [...]

    4. Lawyer says:
      Sam Gwynne s History of the Spanish, the Texans, the Americans and the ComancheriaSam C Gwynne attended Princeton and Johns Hopkins Universities He s spent most of his life as a journalist He spent almost twenty years as a correspondent, bureau chief, and Chief Editor for twenty years Gwynne s work has appeared in the New York Times, Harpers, California, Texas Monthly, among other publications Gwynne was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for Empire of the Summer Moon Quanah [...]

    5. Anna-Liisa says:
      I quit reading this book after the fourth chapter As it is one of the most racist books I have ever read, I am baffled by the glowing reviews it receives For your consideration Thus the fateful clash between settlers from the culture of Aristotle, St Paul, Da Vinci, Luther, and Newton and aboriginal horsemen from the buffalo plains happened as though in a time warp as though the former were looking backward thousands of years at premoral, pre Christian, low barbarian versions of themselves Oh re [...]

    6. Bill says:
      I bought this at the airport, it looked like a good read A chapter or two in the language and stereotypes became really disturbing His version of human history, summed up in two pages is just bizarre.The language, and long discredited concepts that Gwynne prattles along with are apalling Higher civilizations , of which the Plains Indians were three to four millennia behind And oh yes, the Native Americans were premoral, pre Christian, low barbarian versions of Europeans And of course they were, [...]

    7. Vanessa says:
      Other reviewers claim that this is an unbiased historical account is laughable This is yet another telling of a war written by those who won it Gwynne states that he constructed the book using a large number of firsthand accounts from the era The firsthand accounts written are naturally all of settlers and the military, and all of them appalled and offended that anyone could dare attack them and deny the greatness of Manifest Destiny The books and articles referenced in the end are, as far as I [...]

    8. Jennie says:
      This book is not about Quanah Parker, his mother, or the Comanche It s really about How the White Man Conquered the Savage, Primitive, Warmongering Barbarians.My complaints about this book are many, but I ll try to keep it simple.Mainly, it s because a history written in 2010 contains things like this There were no witnesses to this great coming together of Stone Age hunters and horses, nothing to record what happened when they met, or what there was in the soul of the Comanche that understood t [...]

    9. Jon Donley says:
      As a native Texan who grew up in the former Comancheria, and whose family both white and native has deep roots there, I ve always been fascinated by the blood feud between Texans and Comanches I was once an editor for Ted Fehrenbach, and admire his classic on the Comanches, and found this to be an excellent, well told companion piece Ironically Comanches were the proximate cause of Texas developing into the home of its most implacable foes, as Spain desperately recruited Anglo Americans to stand [...]

    10. Montzalee Wittmann says:
      Empire of the Summer Moon Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S.C Gwynne is full of great research and racism This book has only a tiny, tiny mention about Quanah This book is very misleading by the title and blurb It should be called, How the Horrible Redman was Subdued by Mighty Whiteman Only once did it mention how James Parker, the head man that thought it would be a great idea to build a home in the middle of Indian ter [...]

    11. El says:
      I didn t really need to read this book because I ve seen Pocahontas and remember very vividly this whole song Reading this book was sorta like reliving that song and that s a damn shame.Aside from how freaking white this book is, and not even commenting on the occasional racist undertones or overtones , it s just not even that great of a book The subtitle leads the reader to believe that this will be about Quanah Parker when in reality that played such a small part of whatever it was Gwynne was [...]

    12. Tim says:
      Every now and then one runs across an historical non fiction book that is breathtakingly enlightening Commancheria the millions of acres of treeless plains encompassing northern Mexico to present day Nebraska, the land of the 5 principal bands of the Commanches, a culture centuries behind the development of the eastern Indian tribes, and intertwined with the buffalo herds Commancheria a region so forcefully held by the Commanches that the westward tide of Anglo Saxon expansion was held at a stan [...]

    13. Clif Hostetler says:
      Comanche history and culture is the focus of this book The subtitle of the book markets itself as a biography of Quanah Parker, but he doesn t show up until the final fourth of the book Starting with the pre columbian history the book describes the revolutionary change brought about by the advent of horses on the plains It enabled the Comanche who had been culturally among the lowliest among the tribes to transform into being the invaders from the north They were a branch that had separated from [...]

    14. Ashleigh says:
      Astonishingly, uncomfortably, unforgivably racist portrayal of the indigenous peoples of the Americas The fascinating history that exists in this book is buried so far beneath the author s prejudice that his account is wholly untrustworthy This book is useful only as a study in modern day manifestations of racism that go unacknowledged in mainstream American culture.Here are four illustrative examples of the casual racism entrenched in the author s vocabulary throughout the book 1 While the Coma [...]

    15. David Brickley says:
      This is a book that I think every American should read In the beginning we came into this land and immediately began displacing all of the aboriginal peoples who had dwelled here for many centuries Yet I would wager that almost nobody knows anything about those peoples other than what watching Wagon Train has showed them Which leaves out anyone born later than 1960 This is all to say that this book does an excellent job of showing, with most excellent clarity, the dichotomy of a native people tr [...]

    16. Greg says:
      Wow Was this written in 1908 I was surprised and very disappointed by this book I was taken in by the author s very good writing The way he writes is so engaging and it reads better than most history books I ve read.There were two things that bothered me about the book First, were the inaccuracies I m not as well read in the History of the American West as many people, but I was finding common mistakes, especially when he was talking about other tribes.What bothered me was the fact that I felt [...]

    17. Max says:
      Hard hitting, rugged and raw history that feels chillingly authentic Neither the white man nor red man comes out well in this retelling of the brutal collision of the Comanche and relentlessly expanding America I was quickly disabused of any idyllic notions Well written, detailed and informative, highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how the West was really won Odd and End Thoughts GR readers seem to be hotly divided as to whether Gwynn s depiction of the Comanche is racist or simply t [...]

    18. David Ober says:
      Popular history is a strange genre that often seems suspended between genuine academic rigor and amateurish quackery For every book of popular history written by a well regarded historian and aimed at educating the general public, there are at least a hundred written by a layperson that, even if he or she does the appropriate amount of footwork, usually ends up reproducing antiquated historical narratives While a professor of history might understand how to read nuance into old sources, an amate [...]

    19. Brian says:
      So far I am extremely disappointed in this book I picked it up after Having finished Bury my heart at wounded knee amazing novel and similarly was expecting a honest , transparent view of the Indian American wars However so far the labels savage , primitive And violent have all been assigned to the Comanches Gwynne highlights the violence toward settlers without explaining that these same settlers were stealing native lands with no restraint much less remorse They were also driving the buffalo [...]

    20. Robert Delikat says:
      I have read a number of books on native peoples and it s always rewarding when they are somewhat balanced For example, books by Joseph Marshal III consider a history of Native Americans much comprehensively than S.C Gwynne does in Empire of the Summer Moon Marshall, while perhaps because of his own ethnicity, does not only write of the war, weapons and carnage of the combatants but also of their cultures and the backdrops and backgrounds of what led to and obtained during war Reading Gwynne s h [...]

    21. Tripp says:
      I can t decide whether this book is the best nonfiction I have read all year, or whether it is the best in the past few years This is the sort of book that rises above its subject matter, thanks to narrative pace, blending in of context and the quality of the writing.The book tells the story of the Comanche Empire which, having mastered horse warfare, defeated all enemies until the late 19th century It took the US decades to find a way to defeat them Much of the story is of two cultures clashing [...]

    22. Curtis Seven says:
      I m not sure that comparing the fights against the Commanche in Texas to the Sioux Wars is really a topic that will bring a universal agreement as to who fought best and so on The description of the tactics used by the Commanche in their fights and their horsemanship are identical to accounts of the fights in the northern plains and the skills of the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne.The Sioux and Commanche share some common things as both were horse tribes, they both drove other tribes from the best [...]

    23. David says:
      This book is about the Comanche, one of the most powerful and warlike tribes of the American Southwest It actually covers several separate stories over the course of the book First, there is the history of the Comanche people themselves from their earliest beginnings to their final fate as reservation Indians, plains warriors made to become farmers There are a lot of chapters about warfare between the Comanche, other Indian tribes, and the Spanish and the Americans, and woven through it, the sto [...]

    24. Tim McIntosh says:
      Empire of the Summer Moon tells the fascinating and bloody story of the rise and fall of the Comanche tribe on America s Western plains during the second half of the 19th Century The tribe s story is framed by a confrontation between Quanah Parker, the last great Comanche chief, and Randall Slidell MacKenzie, eventually Brigadier General in the United States Army The author, Gwynne, weaves a broad history of the taming raping of the West rife with broken treaties, guerrilla warfare, and thousand [...]

    25. Jonathan says:
      I can not believe that leads it s synopsis of this book by saying it is in the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee As many people have written in previous reviews of this book, the author is completely careless in his use of racial loaded language like primitive, stone age, uncivilized, savage, etc he writes with a triumphant tone when describing the development of the Texas Rangers and the final campaigns of the US Army against the Comanche While Gwynne insists that he is trying not to w [...]

    26. Mike Kershaw says:
      The Parker book I think is better and here I mean balanced although his claims to Commanche exceptionalism would probably find their critics in Sioux, Kiowa and Apache histories He demythologizes the various opponents Indians, Texas Rangers and US Cavalry , and gives an unvarnished account of the Indian lives low birth rates, high mortality, brutal lifestyles ie a primitive culture in particular Parker s mother had been captured in a raid on the frontier and her fate is a central part of the bo [...]

    27. Dan says:
      Not knowing much detail of this period of regional US history, I can t attest authoritatively to the accuracy of Empire of the Summer Moon but it feels like a very well researched work Gwynne tells the stories of both the plains Indians and the white settlers in both a compassionate and critical manner There is much, sometimes an amazing amount of, detail about the lives on boths sides in the southern great plains and learning the realities of what spawned the American Cowboys and Indians mythos [...]

    28. Marcelle says:
      It s interesting, I ll give it that And I m learning than I thought I would But I m over half way through the book and Quanah Parker hasn t risen past the toddler stage I got so frustrated just waiting for his mother s story to finish that I googled her to cut to the chase Much of it is repetitive Chapter 1, the Comanches were bad stab, burn, rape, kill, steal Chapter 2, the Comanches were bad stab, burn, rape, kill, steal etc etc It does nothing to move the plot forward The author points out t [...]

    29. Kurt says:
      It s hard to imagine the plains of the central United States as author S C Gwynne describes them However, having seen many Westerns lately, I could put myself there The level of danger that pervades the everyday lives of both Indians and White settlers is astounding This book contains very graphic descriptions of individual acts of torture, rape, mutilation, and village massacres Gwynne builds the story well, and readers will clearly feel the tides turn in favor of the the bluecoats, especially [...]

    30. Richard says:
      As noted on the blurb on this book s cover, S.C Gwynne has chronicled a history of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history The book contains an excellent history of how the Comanches grew from a nondescript tribe living in the Wind River country Wyoming , became early adopters of the horse culture of the plains in the early part of the eighteenth century, and moved south, to become the dominant force among Indian and European based civilizations in an area comprising a [...]

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