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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

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The Epic New York Times Bestseller Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award A New York Times Notable Book Winner of the Texas Book Award Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award This stunning historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West "is nothing short of a revelation...will leave dust and blood on your jeans" ( The New York Times Book Review ). Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches. Although readers may be more familiar with the tribal names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined when the American West opened up. Comanche boys became adept bareback riders by age six; full Comanche braves were considered the best horsemen who ever rode. They were so masterful at war and so skillful with their arrows and lances that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the French expansion westward from Louisiana. White settlers arriving in Texas from the eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled backward by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands. The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne's exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroads, and the amazing story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah--a historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being. Hailed by critics, S. C. Gwynne's account of these events is meticulously researched, intellectually provocative, and, above all, thrillingly told. Empire of the Summer Moon announces him as a major new writer of American history.
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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.

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subject_facetComanche Indians -- History
Comanche Indians -- Kings and rulers -- Biography
Comanche Indians -- Wars
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
Parker, Quanah, -- 1845?-1911
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1848-1860
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1860-1890
West (U.S.) -- History -- 1890-1945
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title_displayEmpire of the summer moon : Quanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history
title_fullEmpire 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 / S.C. Gwynne
title_shortEmpire of the summer moon
title_subQuanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history
topic_facetComanche Indians
Frontier and pioneer life
History
Kings and rulers
Nonfiction
Parker, Quanah
Race relations
Wars