great history of the commanchee and texas during the 1800's. terrific narration. If you are interested in all about early Indian rise and fall read this book. also a good look at the history of texas, the army, calvary and the rangers.
This is just a superb book. The narration and structure of the story were just terrific. I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in early 19th century American history..
Empire of the Summer Moon is written about the demise of the Western Native American Tribes (primarily the Comanche), the buffalo, and how the west was settled. People of all sides of the story were brutal, but I think this was primarily cultural. There were horrifying, awful examples given.BUT, it was interesting to learn about American society at the time and the Native society as well. I learned about how fast technology was growing during the era in which this was written about. It was a lesson about Cynthia Ann Parker and Quanah Parker and how she couldn't cope once returned to "her" people and how he coped once giving up his ways. A great listen, work the credit.
My family and I have been "fans" of Quanah Parker for some time. Even where I thought I already knew the story, Gwynne provided additional fascinating detail. And there were many new stories I had never heard. I now drive around Texas with new eyes.
The result is as close to an immersion in the Comanche experience as an armchair gringo is likely to get. I listened with a mixture of revulsion at their brutality and respect for their mastery of plains life and fierce determination to defend their way of life. And Quanah's transformation to a "bloodthirsty" businessman who impoverishes himself caring for others left me wishing I had known the man.
Was sad when the book ended.
I listened to this wonderful book by Gwynne and then I bought a three copies of the book. One for me to read after listening and two to give away. Gwynne lets the reader into the Comanche culture--the violent nomadic horse culture. After two readings I really appreciate the loss of a way of life that ended as the primitive horse plains Indians were forced onto reservations.
Great history, great story. I recommend this book to any interested in the give and take of the real history of North America
A great tale well told. Even-handed depiction of the inherent conflict in the clash of two cultures radically different from one another. The author depicted the Comanches in all their cruelty and brutality but with a sympathy for their plight. There are no heroes nor villains here, but there is plenty of heroic and villainous activity. Superb reader. I couldn't stop listening.
This book is amazing. I couldn't stop listening. It's a good combination of story and history. The author brings it all alive.
I have read and listened to hundreds of books and this is one of my top five. This type of book is unique in my reading /listening experience in that I have, priror to this, exclusively been into mystery/espionage type fiction. I found this absolutely facinating. Only shortcoming was my not being able to "picture" the setting/geography involved. Does the hardback include this? If so, I will buy it and read it. If not, can I download/view it somewhere?
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
I have read a number of books on native peoples and it’s always rewarding when they are somewhat balanced. For example, books by Joseph Marshal III consider a history of Native Americans much more comprehensively than S.C. Gwynne does in Empire of the Summer Moon. Marshall, while perhaps because of his own ethnicity, does not only write of the war, weapons and carnage of the combatants but also of their cultures and the backdrops and backgrounds of what led to and obtained during war. Reading Gwynne’s historical account leaves one with the distinct feeling that early frontiers-men and -women were innocent, helpless and harmless people who were the targets and victims of inhuman, barbaric and savage criminals. Worse, because Empire of the Summer Moon is really only about war, the bias becomes even more dramatically conspicuous.
In Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford does not sugarcoat the ruthlessness of the Mongol army or its conquering of sometimes truly innocents subjugates. However, it also considers the social structure, culture and Mongol human nature albeit quite different from that of most westerners even of that time. Truly, the book often paints a pretty grizzly picture of events but, lord, at least it seemed balanced. Gwynne does not seem to even try to write dispassionately in any kind of historically accurate and unbiased manner.
Perhaps most appalling are the remarks of a typical reviewer of this book: “This book should be required reading at our universities because it puts to rest the myth of the noble peace-loving savage. The book is informative, factually accurate and entertaining.” Entertaining? Had this book a scintilla of accuracy, to call the book entertaining is more than a little abominable.