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

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

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By (author) S.C. Gwynne, Narrator David Drummond

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 173mm x 28mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 25 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400146550
  • ISBN 13: 9781400146550
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Library ed

Product description

Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their forty-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.

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Author information

S. C. Gwynne is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared extensively in "Time" magazine--for which he served as bureau chief, national correspondent, and senior editor from 1988 to 2000--and in "Texas Monthly," where he was executive editor. David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, and he received an "AudioFile" Earphones Award for his first audiobook, "Love 'Em or Lose 'Em."

Customer reviews

By Colin Bayler 06 Mar 2012 5

This book could be retitled "Everything You Wanted To Know About Comanches and The Birth of Early Texas"; and I mean that in a good way.

This book is very, very thorough. I learned so much about the fiercest Indian tribe of the west from this author. Most people think the Apaches were the pioneers' greatest threat in the Southwest. Not so. The Comaches took land they wanted from all Indian tribes and had them running and hiding for their lives...even the Apaches.

They lived to fight and that meant anyone, anytime, anywhere. You have it all in this book: Texas Rangers, pioneers, ranchers, Indians, calvary and Mexicans. They were a brutal no nonsense people that did some of the most despicable things imaginable to their enemies and captives.

S.C. Gwynne does a fairly good job in reporting the history with balance, although their are a few times he lets his sympathy for the Comanches slip through. All in all, this is a remarkable account of a remarkable people who fought the whole of America to a standstill for decades. That cannot be said for many other tribes during this period in western history.

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"Drummond effectively narrates Gwynne's evenhanded coverage of atrocities committed on both sides in this unforgettable story of the Comanches." ---Library Journal Starred Audio Review