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Empire of the Summer Moon | [S. C. Gwynne]

Empire of the Summer Moon

Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker.
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Publisher's Summary

Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker. She grew to love her captors and eventually became famous as the "White Squaw." She married a powerful Comanche chief, and their son, Quanah, became a warrior who was never defeated and whose bravery and military brilliance in the Texas panhandle made him a legend as one of the greatest of the Plains Indian chiefs.

In this vivid piece of writing, S. C. Gwynne describes in sometimes brutal detail the savagery of both whites and Comanches and, despite the distance of time, demonstrates how truly shocking these events were, juxtaposed against the haunting story of an unforgettable figure of a woman caught between two worlds.

©2010 S.C. Gwynne (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“Rigorously researched and evenhanded, the book paints both the Comanches and Americans in their glory and shame, bravery and savagery.” (Publishers Weekly)

"In Empire of the Summer Moon, Sam Swynne has given us a rich, vividly detailed rendering of an important era in our history and of two great men, Quanah Parker and Ranald Slidel Mackenzie, whose struggles did much to define it." (Larry McMurtry)

“Transcendent . . . Empire of the Summer Moon is nothing short of a revelation . . . will leave dust and blood on your jeans.” (New York Times Book Review)

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    "The Comanche & Americans closing the frontier"

    I don't know what I was thinking about, but this book is really about a limited number of true characters that were part of the Comanche and Texas-American wars at the last half of the 19th century. I suppose that is really all the verifiable history exists, but the prairie seems to be lost with all the interest in the people.

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    "A magnificant history of the Comanches"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Empire of the Summer Moon to be better than the print version?

    If you are tired at night, listen to your books while on the move during the day.


    What does David Drummond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Voice inflections that add emphasis to situations and facts.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Comanche nation held back westward progress of USA for 40 years


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    A wonderfully interesting history of the Comanche Nation. Most readers will find they had only superficial knowledge of their traits and impacts on US history.

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    Earl HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 02-06-12
    Earl HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    This is an extremely interesting book on the rise and fall of the Comanche Indians. It also gives a great perspective on the just how wild the


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire of the Summer Moon?

    The insight in Chief Quanah and his white mother, Cynthia Ann Parker.


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    Warren ottawa, Ontario, Canada 07-26-10
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    "i liked it"

    good history.

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    Barbara Denver, CO, United States 11-22-10
    Barbara Denver, CO, United States 11-22-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Profoundly Biased"

    Gwynne's anglo moralistic and cultural superiority ruins this book. At war, all men are "hostiles" and commit hideous crimes against humanity. I read this book during the recent murder, decapitation and likley torture and rape by a white guy in Ohio of a mother, her two children and her friend. Growing up, all gang rapes that actually made it into the news, yes, by white guys. And none of this in the context of war! I will never read Gwynne's biased works again.

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    herman naples, FL, United States 10-08-10
    herman naples, FL, United States 10-08-10
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    "get over it"

    okay, they were great worriers, could use the terrain, the horses and the bow and arrow to such a great degree that they ruled for years,
    they were not very interested in the future, or for that matter just about anything
    then guess what, the bow and arrow could not compete with the fire power of improving guns
    that is it
    the story could have been told in a paragraph, or at most an essay!

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