Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
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...more
The Sioux and Commanche share some common things as both were horse tribes, they both drove other tribes from the bes...more
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 w...more
The author spends an inordinate amount of time discussing battles and military strategies which is not my cup of tea. I prefer a more personal, private focus of history. The author provides a very deta...more
a short book report by Ron Housley
Here is one of those gems that you never heard of, but should have. The prose exceeds Pulitzer Prize quality, but it didn’t fare that well in the marketplace. Why not? Could it be that it dared to violate a central tenet of political correctness: never say anything bad about an Indian?
I knew the Apaches and Comanches...more
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 Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to co...more
Let me say first that this is a "commercial" non-fiction history. It's written for normal people. The most critical reviews are written by guys that style themselves as beings that are higher on the food chain than amateur historians. This is an unfortunate by-product of the publication of history in general,...more
Six hours flew by!!
I was basically skimming through the book. Halfway through the second chapter, skimming was impossible. The book became incredibly interesting, discussing the geopolitics of Comancheria circa the 1700s; or: how stone age hunter-gatherers...more
One of the things I look for in a series like that is how historical is it. Since much of the series dealt with the Texas Rangers, pre-Civil War, and their interactions with the Comanches (and Mexican bandits) I have to admit that I knew little.
So, I was surprised when the Comanche chief (played by Wes Studi...more
Secondly, having lived in NM for 5 years, I appreciated the extraordinary story of Comanche chief Quanah Parker within the larger history of the Comanche empire, and the author's fair handling of the contentous relations between whites and the People. I didn't realize what amazing horsemen the Comanche were nor the extent of violence they visited upon Texans and...more
The book has interesting characters, like Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped by Comanches at age 9 (after watching her family be killed), "rescued" from them as an adult, and...more
I knew virtually nothing about the Comanche tribe before reading it -- and man do they have a fascinating history!
They were an unimportant tribe until the horse came along. They learned how to ride and fight from horses better than anyone else, and as a result became a tribe feared by the white man and other American Indians for hundreds of years.
A relatively small number of them a...more