Sharon's Reviews > 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 by S.C. Gwynne
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Aug 02, 11

Recommended for: Those interested in OK/TX/Indian history
Read from July 17 to 27, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Richly detailed and well researched; a captivating read. Empire of the Summer Moon details the Comanches in the mid-west and the impact westward expansion, the settlement of Texas, the railroads, and the Civil War, had on their lifestyle, power, and influence. He also documents the life story of Quanah Parker, the last, and perhaps the greatest, Comanche Chief. Having lived in Oklahoma and Texas, and visited a vast majority of the areas discussed, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I don't doubt that this will dispel many assumed ideas of what it was really like to be a settler or Indian in the Texas/Oklahoma region.

"This midnight raid was Quanah's calling card, a clear message that hunting him and his Comanche warriors in their homeland was going to be a difficult and treacherous business. Thus began what would become known to history as the Battle of Blanco Canyon, which was in turn the opening salvo in a bloody Indian war in the highlands of west Texas that would last four years and culminate in the final destruction of the Comanche nation." (pg 10)
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