Audible has helped me expand my appreciation for history, science and the arts. The Great Courses series are illuminating. More please!!
The Empire of The Summer Moon chronicles the history of Texas settlement bringing the reader through calamitous and desperate times for both settlers and Native Americans. This is facinating and at times unsettling history , well documented in an expertly constructed book. There are important characters highlighted that might have otherwise slipped thru the fingers of time`s grasp. I read the book and when I saw the work on Audible I jumped at the chance to listen to it.
I learned a great deal from reading and from listening to this book. I had no idea how resourceful the Commanches were in opposing settlement by Europeans or by other Native Americans on their hunting grounds.
1st time for me - excellent job from Mr Drummond!
fascinating and unsettling history
For anyone interested in American or Native American history my advice is to Read or Listen to this book!!
I have the first Scribner hardcover edition May 2010. I have noticed that the Audible edition
has been changed from the hardcover paper edition. I really wish the text would not change from one format to another. When these changes refer to events how does one know which version of fact is true?
I enjoyed this book a lot. For the most part it's very well written, and well narrated. There are a few parts in the middle where it seemed to drag a bit and feel like a dry history lesson, but it always picked up in time to keep me hanging on. I really felt like it picked up toward the end.
At times this book made me feel like I understood the times it spoke of, and I really enjoyed learning about the character of Quanah Parker. Here's an important historical figure that was completely left out of my education.
This is not a book that paints the United States as the evil empire and the Native Americans as poor, mistreated, peaceniks. Far, far, from it. This is a book that shows the good and bad side of both sides in the conflict. I recommend it.
This a a story that must be listened to more than once due to its rich content. The historical perspective is profound. I am going to listen to this epic agin from a more comprehensive perspective.
Quanah Parker. The central family followed in this epic novel. He was a forward thinker and became the first Primary head of the Comanche Nation
I was astounded after listening to this book twice. It is very emotional, heart breaking and true. What an incredible Nation
This is my first book about Native Americans and would recommend it for first readers as well as those who know only about the Northern Plains Nations from the movies. What an education about the Southern Plains Native Americans
A history book that weaves general history into the lives of two remarkable people; a woman kidnapped by the Comanche and the son she had with her Comanche husband. Unflinching in its portrayal of life on the West-Texas/NM Frontier from both the European and Indigenous prospective. Since Cain and Abel there have been clashes between the hunter/gathering and agrarian societies. This is the story of the conquest of the last hunter/gathering society in the North American continent.
An honest and rare account that gives us a real view of our history as Americans.
Top 10 of 100
Learning about scope and timeframe of Comanche wars
Live in Commanche country and had no real understanding of 100 year conflict, the cultures involved, the ultimate resolution or the individuals involved. Facinating.
This is one of the best books I have listened to in a while. Written from an historical perspective, I learned a great deal about the plains Indians and the history of the time. I highly recommend this one.
I like the way it was presented. The historical view. Quanah Parker's career is amazing.
Empire of the Summer Moon is a pretty good book – I wouldn’t call it a great book, but it is entertaining enough. If you are looking for a good summarization of relations between Native Americans and white settlers in the 19th Century, this book will provide an unbiased representation of this relationship.
I would have preferred a more personal perspective – I had hoped that this book would focus exclusively on the woman kidnapped by Comanche Indians (her relationship with her captors, how she coped with her new life, etc…). Empire of the Summer Moon revolves around this woman’s story, but only in a very general, vague way. That is my biggest complaint regarding this book – too general (like a history book rather than a good story). I do appreciate the fact that I learned a lot about Native American v white settler relations in the 19th Century.
I will listen to it again. It has a level of detail and compelling facts that make the reader want to fully grasp the story and all its actors.
Part of what is remarkable about this book is its description of many important people, some well known and some little known.
Again there are too many remarkable events to choose from.
The very artful blend of personal and social history woven into the very bloody and brutal conflicts. This was unvarnished and very moving.