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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 (Compact Disc)
“I wanted to read this book because I’m about to take a trip to West
Texas out to Terlingua and Big Bend. I wanted an idea of the history of
the land before I visit it.
The book goes into the history of the Comanche tribe that lived in
[West Texas], and it’s a real true account of the back and forth that
went on between the tribe and the settlers. Such brutality, but it’s
just exactly how this tribe waged war. And, it is so easy to read and
I just can’t wait to go out there and visualize the battle fields and get a feel for it.”
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.
About the Author
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."
"Gwynne doesn't merely retell the story of Parker's life. He pulls his readers through an American frontier roiling with extreme violence, political intrigue, bravery, anguish, corruption, love, knives, rifles and arrows." ---The New York Times