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Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and…
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Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the… (original 2010; udgave 2011)

af S. C. Gwynne

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Describes the actions of both whites and Comanches during a 40-year war over territory, in a story that begins with the kidnapping of a white girl, who grew up to marry a Comanche chief and have a son, Quanah, who became a great warrior.
Medlem:brianjanderson
Titel:Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
Forfattere:S. C. Gwynne
Info:Scribner (2011), Edition: First Paperback edition, Paperback, 371 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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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 af S. C. Gwynne (2010)

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    The Comanche Empire af Pekka Hämäläinen (Muscogulus)
    Muscogulus: Gwynne's book captured all the hype, but Hämäläinen's book is the one that revolutionized the history of the Comanche people. It deserves more attention.
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    Begrav mit hjerte ved Wounded Knee af Dee Brown (Cecrow)
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    Comanche sundown a novel af Jan Reid (SRPetty)
    SRPetty: These books cover similar territory but one is solidly researched fiction, the other solidly researched non-fiction. To read them together will enhance your experience of this troubled time in our history.
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The most interesting, well-written and researched nonfiction Ive read in the last couple of years. Fascinating!

I also loved how it managed to show the tragedy of the extermination of the American Natives without getting into any clichés and showing them as what they were - especially in case of the Comanches - stone age brutes with a faible for torture. ( )
  summerloud | May 9, 2021 |
Awesome read ( )
  gcreel | Mar 9, 2021 |
This is an informative nonfiction account of the clash between Texas settlers and the Comanches in the 1800s. I learned a lot about the Comanche way of life and why it was never going to mesh with the lifestyle of white settlers. In a nutshell, the Comanche were nomadic, following the buffalo herds and ranging over hundreds of miles, and the white settlers wanted to farm and graze cattle. Though the Comanches were skilled fighters and horsemen, they were vastly outnumbered by the American army and also didn't understand the end goal of Americans until it was too late.

The subtitle of the book highlights the life of Quanah Parker. Quanah was a mixed blood Comanche. His mother, Cynthia Ann Parker, was famous for being violently abducted by the Comanches from her family's Texas settlement. She was nine years old. She was adopted by the tribe (they often kept and assimilated girls her age, though killing anyone else they encountered, because they would be able to bear children later and they badly needed to grow their tribe). Cynthia Ann, by all accounts, fully adapted to the Comanche way of life. She married a Chief and Quanah was one of her sons. In her adulthood she was "rescued" and forced to reenter American life, to which she never readapted. Quanah's story in this book feels incomplete to me. Though he ended up being considered the last Comanche chief (even that is complicated to say because the Comanche were made of smaller bands that really had little to do with each other), little is known about his time as a Comanche before surrendering and moving to a reservation. At that point, he became famous and developed into a skilled negotiator for his people, though there was only so much he could do. I was more interested in his earlier life.

I was a little uncomfortable with the ways this author chose to describe the Comanche. He uses words like "primitive", "Stone Age", "irredeemably hostile", "remarkably simple". He also dwells often on how they never had any sort of agriculture - is that truly the mark of a civilized society? I guess his judgment is true in ways, and was used as a comparison to other contemporary American Indian tribes which might also be fair. But it still troubled me and I wondered if the author was really coming at this from a fair, unbiased angle.

I'll be curious as I read more by and about American Indians if my criticism of this aspect changes.

All in all, an interesting and engaging history.

(And now I see it was a Pulitzer and National Book Critics Circle finalist - maybe I'm being overly sensitive . . . )

Original publication date: 2011
Author’s nationality: American
Original language: English
Length: 388 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars
Format/where I acquired the book: kindle
Why I read this: topic of interest ( )
  japaul22 | Jan 31, 2021 |
Empire Of The Summer Moon is a truly engrossing book. It grabs you from the get go and pulls you into the history of the fierce Comanche Indians who waged war on any and all those who attempted to encroach on their lands. Be it neighboring Indian tribes, Spanish explorers, Mexicans, Texans, Union or Confederate soldiers, buffalo hunters, cattlemen, or settlers, the Comanche raided and killed to protect and increase their hold on the treeless prairies and rocky escarpments that stood in the way of westward expansion of the white man. These were the lands of the free roaming, seemingly endless herds of buffalo that could stretch from horizon to horizon. This is were the Comanches ruled the earth, living off the buffalo herds that provided everything the Comanches needed to survive. The book details the incursions by the white men, who in their never ending search for more land ran up against the Comanche with predictable results. Murder and mayhem resulted on both sides for many years. No quarter was given by either side. The book details the mayhem and deprivation from both sides. It may not be an easy read for many, as it pulls no punches in it’s detail. ( )
  Ronrose1 | Jan 10, 2021 |
It's very good, but I felt it was a little long and very graphic in its violence. ( )
  glenncvance | Aug 26, 2020 |
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Empire of the Summer Moon is a skillfully told, brutally truthful, history.

 
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