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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

by Gwynne, S. C. 1953-

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Summary
A stunning historical account of the battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West-in the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
Contents
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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The vast, semi-arid grasslands of the southern Great Plains could be dominated by hunters and warriors on horseback. In the first half of the nineteenth century, the Comanches, often referred to as lords of the Plains, were the single most powerful military force in the region, to the frustration of both the Mexican and U.S. governments. In this engrossing chronicle, award-winning journalist Gwynne traces the rise of the Comanche people from their roots as primitive bands of hunter-gatherers to their mastery of the horse and emergence as the feared power brokers of the area. At the center of the narrative is the charismatic Quanah Parker, who skillfully navigated the gaps between his traditional culture and the emerging, settled culture of the late-nineteenth century. Quanah was the son of a Comanche warrior and a woman named Cynthia Ann Parker, who was kidnapped at the age of nine and chose to stay with the Comanches. Quanah was a brilliant, feared war chief who guided his people in adapting to new realities after their final suppression by the U.S. Calvary. An outstanding addition to western-history collections.--Freeman, Jay Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Journalist Gwynne tracks one of the U.S.'s longest-running military conflicts in this gripping history of the war against the Comanche Indians on the high plains of Texas and Colorado. The Comanches stood for decades as the single most effective military force on the southern plains; their mastery of horseback warfare and their intimate knowledge of the trackless desert of the plains stymied the armies of Spain and Mexico, and blocked American westward expansion for 40 years. Gwynne's account orbits around Quanah Parker (ca. 1852-1911), the brilliant war chief whose resistance raged even as the Comanche, increasingly demoralized by the loss of the buffalo and the American military's policy of total annihilation, retreated into the reservation. Rigorously researched and evenhanded, the book paints both the Comanches and Americans in their glory and shame, bravery and savagery. The author's narrative prowess is marred only by his fondness for outdated anthropological terminology ("low barbarian," "premoral" culture). That aside, the book combines rich historical detail with a keen sense of adventure and of the humanity of its protagonists. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Parker, Quanah, 1845?-1911
Comanche Indians Kings and rulers Biography
Comanche Indians Wars
Comanche Indians History
Frontier and pioneer life West (U.S.)
Nonfiction
History
West (U.S.) History 1848-1860.
West (U.S.) History 1860-1890.
West (U.S.) History 1890-1945.
West (U.S.) Race relations.
Audiobooks.
1845?-1911.
1848-1860.
1860-1890.
1890-1945.
Publisher Old Saybrook :Tantor Media2010
2010
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Drummond, David (Narrator)
OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by David Drummond.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
Format: OverDrive WMA Audiobook
Requires OverDrive Media Console 3.0 (Windows) / 1.0 (Mac) / 1.0 (Windows Mobile) or OverDrive Media Console 1.0 / 1.0 (Windows Mobile)
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ISBN 9781400196555
9781400196555
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