Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy has a new blog carnival starting today, sharing Books You’ve Never Heard of. Come join in the fun!
For my first “book you’ve never heard of,” I introduce you to Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne.
Empire of the Summer Moon chronicles the life and times of Quanah Parker, the Last Great Chief of the Comanches. I grew up in Quanah, Texas, a little town inside the old Comanche territory. Our town has always been very proud of its namesake.
Every elementary kid in my hometown knows the Quanah Parker story. Comanches captured his mother Cynthia Ann Parker at a very early age during a raid on Fort Parker. She grew up living the life of a Comanche, eventually marrying a Comanche chief, and having three children. Sadly, American soldiers recaptured her and her baby daughter after a raid. Her husband died in the attack, and her two sons escaped. She died heartbroken and scared amidst a family and culture she did not remember.
In Empire of the Summer Moon, the author traces the roots of Comanche culture and tradition, but he also covers the struggle of the American government and its armed forces in dealing with this violent and powerful tribe, which claimed territory from Texas to Colorado to parts of the Midwest.
The author offers both sides of the story, yet he gives no apologies or sympathies to this period of American history. He provides firsthand accounts from journals, offering graphic and gruesome details of the American frontier. At its center, the book heralds the life of Quanah Parker, a man who used his optimism and leadership to fight valiantly against his enemies, but then used those same characteristics to bring peace.
P.S. I’ve actually already talked about this book before, but it was long ago during this blog’s inception. You can read that post here.
Got a book I’ve never heard of? Share it with me in the comments.