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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

ISBN-10: 1416591060

ISBN-13: 9781416591061

Edition: 2010

Authors: S. C. Gwynne

List price: $17.00
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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 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 more 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 Texas Rangers and account for the advent of the new weapon specifically designed to fight them: the six-gun. The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne's exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroads, a historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being. Against this backdrop Gwynne presents the compelling drama of Cynthia Ann Parker, a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower-blue eyes who was kidnapped by Comanches from the far Texas frontier in 1836. She grew to love her captors and became infamous as the "White Squaw" who refused to return until her tragic capture by Texas Rangers in 1860. More famous still was her son Quanah, a warrior who was never defeated and whose guerrilla wars in the Texas Panhandle made him a legend. S. C. Gwynne's account of these events is meticulously researched, intellectually provocative, and, above all, thrillingly told. Empire of the Summer Moon announces him as a major new writer of American history.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 5/10/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Kim Barnouinnbsp;lives in Californianbsp;with her husband and son. Kim is the author of Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched and Skinny Bitch in Love, and coauthor ofnbsp;the #1 New York Timesnbsp;bestsellingnbsp;Skinny Bitch series, which includes such hit titlesnbsp;as Skinny Bitch, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch,nbsp;Skinny Bastard, Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook, Skinny Bitch Book of Vegan Swaps, and Skinny Bitch Bakery.S.C. Gwynne is a journalist who worked for Time and Texas Monthly. He has written several books including Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History and Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson.

A New Kind of War
A Lethal Paradise
Worlds in Collision
High Lonesome
The Wolf's Howl
Blood and Smoke
Dream Visions and Apocalypse
White Squaw
Chasing the Wind
Death's Innocent Face
War to the Knife
White Queen of the Comanches
The Rise of Quanah
Uncivil Wars
Peace, and Other Horrors
The Anti-Custer
Mackenzie Unbound
The Hide Men and the Messiah
The Red River War
Forward, in Defeat
This was a Man
Resting Here Until Day Breaks
Notes
Bibliography
Index