QUICKLET ON S. C. GWYNNE'S EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON (CLIFFSNOTES-LIKE BOOK SUMMARY)
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ABOUT THE BOOK ?It seemed implausible that the westward rush of Anglo-European civilization would stall in the prairies of central Texas.? - S.C. Gwynne, Empire of the Summer Moon S.C. Gwynne first became interested in the Comanches while reading Walter Prescott Webb?s The Great Plains. Webb mentioned in one chapter that the Comanche tribes had been a barrier to white settlement, something Gwynne, a northerner, had never heard of. Intrigued, he began reading more books about the tribe, such as T.R. Fehrenbach?s Comanche: The Destruction of a People. After moving to Texas in the 1990s, Gwynne discovered that the Lone Star State still remembered the Indian Wars. ?A woman might tell me that her great-grandparents were both killed by Comanches,? Gwynne told the Historynet website. ?This happened to me a lot.? (Interview with author S.C. Gwynne) Gwynne?s research convinced him there hadn?t been a significant book about the Comanches since Fehrenbach?s 1974 history. Having already written two nonfiction books, he decided to make the Comanches the subject of his third. He reasoned that if he found their history exciting and novel, other non-Texans, including New York editors, would have the same reaction. (Interview with author S. C. Gwynne) MEET THE AUTHOR Fraser Sherman was born in England and is now happily living in Durham, NC. He has 15 years experience as a reporter, 20 published fantasy/SF stories and is also the author of three film reference books. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK They rejected conventional pitched battles in favor of the swift attacks the Comanche employed, and with this strategy won repeatedly. Over the next few decades, Texas forgot everything the Rangers had learned about Indian fighting. Texas and the United States fell back on traditional military tactics and peace negotiations. Negotiating with the Comanche never worked: the tribe?s warriors broke treaties and promises time and again, then came back and offered to renegotiate.