Empire of the summer moon : Quanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history

Gwynne, S. C. (Samuel C.), 1953-

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  • Creator S.C. Gwynne
  • Format Books
  • Publication 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed. New York : Scribner, 2011.
  • Physical Details
    • viii, 371 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
  • ISBNs 9781416591061, 1416591060
  • OCLC ocn722377147


  • Describes the actions of both whites and Comanches during a 40-year war over territory, in a story that begins with the kidnapping of a white girl, who grew up to marry a Comanche chief and have a son, Quanah, who became a great warrior.


  • Reprint: Originally published: New York : Scribner, 2010.
  • Includes reading group guide.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-355) and index.


  • A new kind of war -- A lethal paradise -- Worlds in collision -- High lonesome -- The wolf's howl -- Blood and smoke -- Dream visions and Apocalypse -- White squaw -- Chasing the wind -- Death's innocent face -- War to the knife -- White queen of the Comanches -- The rise of Quanah -- Uncivil wars -- Peace and other horrors -- The anti-Custer -- Mackenzie unbound -- The hide men and the messiah -- The Red River War -- Forward, in defeat -- This was a man -- Resting here until day breaks
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