Holly'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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May 21, 2012

really liked it
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Read in May, 2012

I opened this book and began to read and practically got hit in the face with the rising dust kicked up by prairie and cavalry ponies...could hear the creak of saddles and in other sections If felt I witnessed the horror of violence to a degree my mind could barely comprehend. This is a story of the Indian wars with the U.S. and begins in Texas 1830's and paints a sad picture of the demise of the American Indian although the focus here is on the Comanche. The history is surprisingly neutral and certainly lacks any degree of romanticizing on any particular side of the struggle. Just when you think man couldn't get any more base than they are today, one reads the history of man and realizes, on some levels, it's been much worse.

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