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Informative Book on the Comanche
« on: August 21, 2015, 09:35:27 am »
I recently finished a book entitled "Comanches: The History of a People". 

http://www.amazon.com/Comanches-History-People-T-R-Fehrenbach/dp/1400030498

The book pretty much does what the title says.  It gives a history of the Comanches. 
I'm not typically interested in "history" books.  My wife mistakenly bought this for me years ago instead of another book I'd requested.  However, I was quite surprised at how interested I was in the subject once I got off into it. 
What I found really interesting was that the author focused on cultural and social forces at play.  I helped to understand the why, not just the what of the events of the times.   
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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2015, 02:54:49 am »
Empire of the Summer Moon is the best one I've read. Harrowing and exciting story of the land called Comancharia it was so large.

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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2015, 08:22:29 am »
Thanks Nagantino!

The "empire" book caught my attention on my last trip to the book store.  I'll definitely add it to the "to read" list.

I've never been much of a book reader, as my attention span is about the size of a magazine page.  But, here recently, I've embarked on a journey to read up on history of the old west.  Since the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Little Big Horn is approaching, I've decided to read up on the Sioux, Cheyenee and the events surrounding the battle.  My last read was "Red Cloud's War".  It ties into my current read a bit, "The Killing of Crazy Horse".  I'm about half way through it. Next on my list is a book on Custer.  It's a toss up whether I'll get one on his civil war service, or one on the last stand.
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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2015, 05:14:01 pm »
The son of the morning star by Evan S Connell is the finest account of the life of Custer, The Little Bighorn, its aftermath and what happened to the survivors.  There are others but I found this one outstanding. And yes I loaned it and can't get it back.

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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2015, 10:17:14 pm »
Thanks...I'll get that next. 
I should finish up the Killing of Crazy Horse this week.
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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2015, 01:36:22 am »
Hello,

This one is also very interesting
The Comanches: Lords of the South Plains (The Civilization of the American Indian Series) by Ernest Wallace and E. Adamson Hoebel

http://www.amazon.com/Comanches-Plains-Civilization-American-Indian/dp/0806120401/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440829786&sr=1-2

I've been lucky to find it in a French edition in my country. ;D
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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2015, 01:05:33 pm »
The son of the morning star by Evan S Connell is the finest account of the life of Custer, The Little Bighorn, its aftermath and what happened to the survivors.  There are others but I found this one outstanding. And yes I loaned it and can't get it back.

I went on vacation last week and was unable to find a copy of this book locally in short order, so I purchased "A Terrible Glory".  It is an (brief) account of Custer's civil war military life, and a more detailed account about IW and LBH.  I'm about 3/4's through it.  I've found the book to be fairly easy to follow, and informative.  It is my first read on the Custer and LBH.  I'll put the Son of the Morning Star on my gift list for my b'day and the holidays. 
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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2015, 04:58:44 pm »
The son of the morning star is also a movie...On YouTube for free
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaIqVPS6Pr0
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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2015, 01:02:02 pm »
One of my favorite reads is 'Comanche Dawn' by Mike Blakely.
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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2015, 12:27:18 pm »
The son of the morning star by Evan S Connell is the finest account of the life of Custer, The Little Bighorn, its aftermath and what happened to the survivors.  There are others but I found this one outstanding. And yes I loaned it and can't get it back.

Nagantino....I got the Son of the Morning Star, and the Empire of the Summer Moon for Christmas...in fact I got two copies of the Son of the Morning Star!

I've started the Son of the Monrning Star.  I'm learning a few things from it, and I really like the conversational style of writing.

Thanks again for the tip(s).
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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2016, 06:27:20 pm »
 I finished "Nine Years Among the Indians" a few weeks ago. One of those never-a-dull-moment books. Fascinating read and look ino the Apache world. Last night I finished "Empire of the Summer Moon" which is equally riveting and very historically detailed. It made me realize that the Comanches roa.ed and traveled across the prkprty on which I live.
  Am now a few pages into    "The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier". Really good so far.

  These books all give a real look into the life of Texas indians which as an enormous contrast to what we see in the movies.


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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2019, 08:32:29 am »
I recently finished a book entitled "Comanches: The History of a People". 

http://www.amazon.com/Comanches-History-People-T-R-Fehrenbach/dp/1400030498

The book pretty much does what the title says.  It gives a history of the Comanches. 
I'm not typically interested in "history" books.  My wife mistakenly bought this for me years ago instead of another book I'd requested.  However, I was quite surprised at how interested I was in the subject once I got off into it. 
What I found really interesting was that the author focused on cultural and social forces at play.  I helped to understand the why, not just the what of the events of the times.

Hi Troy

I've got this one started, its very interesting and we both live close to their old digs.

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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2019, 10:50:15 am »
There was a book called "The Sioux Indian Wars" written by Cyrus something or other in 1901.   He interviews combatants from both sides.  Long before revisionist history, it paints a grim picture of the brutality on both sides.  Fascinating book.
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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2019, 11:51:10 am »
There was a book called "The Sioux Indian Wars" written by Cyrus something or other in 1901.   He interviews combatants from both sides.  Long before revisionist history, it paints a grim picture of the brutality on both sides.  Fascinating book.

https://www.amazon.com/Sioux-Indian-Cyrus-Townshend-Brady/dp/B000OC4S4I

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Re: Informative Book on the Comanche
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2019, 12:16:35 pm »
Yep, that's the one.  Great primary source material without any spin to it.
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