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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
 
 
Author
S.C. Gwynne.
Publisher Scribner  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781416591061
Pages/Publication Date 371/2011
Daedalus Item Code 19193
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This vivid historical account of the 40-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West describes the remarkable fighting force that kept Spanish, French, and American expansion into the West at bay for decades. It also tells the remarkable saga of kidnapped pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker, who was taken at the age of nine and chose to stay with her captors as the wife of a chief, and of her mixed-blood son Quanah Parker, who became the last great chief of the Comanches.

"Transcendent ... Empire of the Summer Moon is nothing short of a revelation.... This book will leave dust and blood on your jeans."NYTBR

"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 19th 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 [S.C.] 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-19th 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."Booklist

 
 
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