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
Hardcover- $20.71

In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians ...

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  "Empire of the Summer Moon" by Angeletti (see profile) 08/18/10

Liked the way the author directed the events from a historical point of view without prejudice, emotional attachments and a judgemental attitude. Offering an overview of the cultural and ethnic values of the time helped me understand the reasons and background that led up to events and the various interpretations of an outcome. Wish such writing was more in the textbooks in schools.

 
  "Empire of the Summer Moon" by shimkaveg (see profile) 12/31/10

 
  "American Indians" by Abby0814 (see profile) 03/20/11

I enjoy reading abt Am Indians and this is one of the best I've read. Without taking sides Gwynne gives facts and descriptions. He clarifies the situation for the comanches and the settlers without glossing over the atrocities. His tone is conversational and even humorous. A first rate book!

 
  "Empire of the Summer Moon" by CynEver (see profile) 05/17/11

Essential reading for all Americans as it tells the true story of the clash of two civilizations, the Stone Age Comanches and the industrialized white settlers, in the 1800s of West Texas.

 
  "Empire of the Summer Moon" by shimkaveg (see profile) 12/04/11

Very interesting historical account of the Comanches Indians along with fantastic descriptions of life in the wild west days. This book was nominated for a Pulitzer prize. Our book club consists of both male and female readers and almost all members found the book more interesting than they anticipated, but the graphic violence could be disturbing to some readers.

 
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  "" by [email protected] (see profile) 10/21/20

It's an interesting account of of the interface of an industrial/agrarian society with a hunter gatherer society. It's ironic that the principal early advantage of the Comanche came from the introduction of the horse by western conquerors. It gave the Comanche a means to reinvent their culture and to prolong the death of the race. The horse was just one precursor to their continued adoption and reliance on Western culture. In fact they could hardly exist without trading arrangements with their bitter foes.



We may see some analogs in Western relations with China. China really was nothing until they opened up trade with the West but it is very hostile trade and risks destroying both sides of the trade.



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