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Old 02-12-2014, 11:54   #1
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A Great Read about The Comanche in the Southwest

Empire of the Summer Moon
by S. C. Gwynne
A historical account of the conflict between the Comanche and the settlers who (often at their peril) attempted to live on the great plains.
Survival in a place with limited water, no natural shelter, and nothing like any kind of real landmarks comes across as an astonishing feat managed for centuries by the Comanche.
The attrocities comitted by some on both sides are discussed; this isn't a book about how terrible the whites, or the Indians were.
There's a good piece about the Walker Colt revolver as well.
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:06   #2
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Read it last year. I concur. Great book.

Reading killing Crazyhorse right now another good read
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:33   #3
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Read it last year. I concur. Great book.

Reading killing Crazyhorse right now another good read
By Thomas Powers?
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:47   #4
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Read that three or four years ago - received it as a gift from 3 people the year it was published (2010, I believe). Excellent book.

CasualOffender, I you'd like to follow that up, read "On the Border With Mackenzie," by Capt. Robert G. Carter. As was common for books written back then (1935), the book had a secondary title: "Winning West Texas From the Comanches." Great book as well.

If your REALLY want to read something that'll blow your mind, read "Texas Ranger: Jack Hays in the Frontier Southwest," by James Kimmins Greer. I have yet to read of any man more bad ass than Jack Hays was. This book is filled from cover to cover with absolutely unreal accounts of fighting the Comanche. Truly fascinating, inspiring, and flat out amazing.
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By Thomas Powers?

yes.

Another great read on the Indians and their cause and effect is War on The Run by John F. Ross. Focuses on Major Robert Rogers but really covers the French-Indian war.

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CasualOffender, I you'd like to follow that up, read "On the Border With Mackenzie," by Capt. Robert G. Carter. As was common for books written back then (1935), the book had a secondary title: "Winning West Texas From the Comanches." Great book as well.

If your REALLY want to read something that'll blow your mind, read "Texas Ranger: Jack Hays in the Frontier Southwest," by James Kimmins Greer. I have yet to read of any man more bad ass than Jack Hays was. This book is filled from cover to cover with absolutely unreal accounts of fighting the Comanche. Truly fascinating, inspiring, and flat out amazing.
Thanks, I'll look for both.
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After reading, Bury my heart at wounded knee, those old cowboy and western movies came to me in a whole new light.
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Done some reading on The Apache and Lakota Sioux. Fascinating cultures. I always wonder if an advanced culture from space came here, would the do us like we did the Native Americans?
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