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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 by S. C. Gwynne.. A haunting history, evoking the spirit and strength of the Comanches, once the most powerful of Indian (or native American, if you prefer) tribes on earth. Wrenching and spellbinding by turns.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"If Custer illustrates how the spotlight of history sometimes shines on the wrong actor, Quanah Parker exemplifies the more deserving who get left in the shadows. One hopes a better fate awaits “Empire of the Summer Moon,” S. C. Gwynne’s transcendent history of Parker and the Comanche nation he led in the mid- to late 1800s. ."

The NY Times

"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.."


Author bio: S. C. Gwynne is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared extensively on Time, for which he worked as bureau chief, national correspondent and senior editor from 1988 to 2000, and in Texas Monthly, where he was executive editor. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, and California Magazine. He attended Princeton and Johns Hopkins and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Katie and daughter Maisie. More information can be found here:

Book Details: History; (384 pp. You'll read like the wind: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

Publisher Website: 9781416591054

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