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4.00013218770654 out of 54.00013218770654 out of 54.00013218770654 out of 54.00013218770654 out of 54.00013218770654 out of 5 4.00 (7,565 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: S. C. Gwynne Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim | 5/23/2016

    " A clear eyed view of the history of, and around the Comanche nation, in the 1830's to 70's. By necessity, the story draws in threads of the impact on the southern plains of the Spanish introduction of the horse to the area and what is known about the early history of the Comanches and their rise to dominance on the southern plains via both evidence and stories and is a deeply researched and complete piece of work all wrapped around stories of the settlers, the Rangers, the soldiers and the Comanches of that era. We have been binge listening to it as it has filled in this gaping hole in our knowledge of American history. Wonderful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sherida | 2/14/2014

    " I loved reading this. Quanah Parker is fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Josephine | 2/13/2014

    " This book was wonderfully researched history of the mounted Native American Indian warrior. It explained why the Spanish who ruled Mexico could never conquer them. It explored the Comanche lifestyle and how it lent itself to becoming such a fearsome part of the United State's and especially Texas' history. It took me a while to get through the first few pages, but once I did, I was so hooked I couldn't put it down. This book adds perspective to the history of the western expansion of the United States. It paints an honest picture of both the settlers and the Native American Indians without idolizing or slandering either. A must read for anyone interested in world history and politics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Heidijojag | 1/30/2014

    " A well done book but too much detailed history to keep my interest. "

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