My Last Read…

I just finished reading Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, The Most Powerful Tribe in American History by  S.C. Gwynne. If you love Indian history and the old west this is a book you might enjoy. Compelling yes. Controversial yes. Brutal yes. When reading this book you get a real grasp of the west and how difficult it was for those venturing westward. The book also goes into detail about how the Comanche Indians lived at that time.  This book is direct and really tells about the brutality of Quanah Parker, not only in actions to settlers, but also his actions to other Indian tribes. I always feel a bit defensive when I read books on Indian history as I generally think they got a raw deal. Quanah Parker lived in his time and his way. He was a powerful man in the 1800’s. White man moved in and slowly took away his life. Although his actions were sometimes quite horrendous, I can only imagine things from his point of view. From a historical point this is a good read. If a history book can leave you sad this one sure did for me…

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  1. Lynne Renaud says:

    Thanks for the book review….I love Indian history and will load it on my Nook today.

  2. Wow – I was thinking of you, and Quanah Parker last week – what a strange coincidence. My grandmother was burried on August 27 at Fort Parker Memorial Cemetary. It is a beautiful and peaceful place with such a rich history. I am sure you know the story. I grew up visiting the site and the restored Fort. When we were there, I thought of you. I’m going to read this book – thank you.

  3. I’m going to have ask my cowboy, who is Sioux if the Comanches could have beat them. Because in the plains, the Sioux Indians pretty much ruled. I started, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” a year ago and still haven’t finished it. It is sad, and brutal and makes my heart ache for what the settlers did to the Indians. They treated them as non-humans, and it was all kinds of wrong. I struggle with how “Christians” that settled the country, could consider any person to be sub-human and treat them as such with any sort of conscience. And there are still white people upset with what the Indians have been given now. My brain can’t comprehend it.

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