Book Review: Empire of the Summer Moon

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    Book Review: Empire of the Summer Moon


    "Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches"

    I've been doing quite a bit of reading, trying to clear away the concussion fog in my head and picked this one up yesterday morning. Finished somewhere around midnight.

    Excellent treatment of the overall Indian Wars with an almost exclusive focus on the Comanches. VERY graphic stories and images of cruelty (on both parts) without the hamfisted, stupid syrupy BS of Dances with Wolves. Both sides on the Indian Wars were cruel and bent on the destruction of the other, but the contrast of the Comanche (the Ultimate Horseback Warrior) to other tribes, such as Tonkawa and Navajo, and the sense of fear that the more "peaceful" tribes had regarding Comanches was palpable.

    The last of the Wild Tribes (one of the very last to offer up Armed resistance) were eventually subdued by a few military geniuses who learned to emulate the Comanche fighting style, and the superior technology of the "white man." Comparisons were reminiscent of Jared Diamond's masterpiece "Guns, Germs, and Steel" in their stark neutrality and "matter of factness".

    If the old west fascinates you, as well as the uberstudy of life philosophies, then this book will add to your understanding of human natures and lifestyles long-trampled by progress.
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    I'm finishing Diamond's book right now. Really puts history in a completely different perspective but it is a bit text-booky.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bioman View Post
    I'm finishing Diamond's book right now. Really puts history in a completely different perspective but it is a bit text-booky.

    Thanks for the suggestions.
    It is, but I can't think of a style that would better tackle the information. Interesting point is that it takes most of the ego out of historical development - placing as much, if not more, emphasis on geological and zoological luck as with discipline and development.

    Definitely impressed with the sections on the Americas.
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