Frank McLynn

How the West Was Lost

Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanche Tribe

By

Constable 483pp £9.99 order from our bookshop

With the recent plethora of writings on the Comanche, this powerful Native American tribe is finally receiving its historical due. In the nineteenth century theorists like Lewis Morgan lauded the Iroquois and Cherokee as the most important Amerindian tribes, while in the twentieth the Sioux (Lakota) enjoyed most of the limelight. Yet there can be no serious doubt of the Comanches’ massive importance in the history of the American West, and there is no hyperbole in S C Gwynne’s subtitle.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • In 'Silenced Voices' reports the ongoing story of the human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been… ,
    • The mystery of Jack the Ripper's identity has long been agonised over. But what do we know about his victims?… ,
    • A piece of Literary Review history from way back in 1983: John Haffenden talks to the great Iris Murdoch. ,
    • Britain’s only travelling lit fest, the Garden Museum Literary Festival is heading to Houghton Hall, Norfolk, for a… ,
    • 'The 19th-century German sage is not my idea of a pleasant travel companion' goes hiking with Friedr… ,
    • If you want ideas about what to read next, sign up to our free email newsletter, and get book reviews, archive mate… ,
    • 'The heroic male nude could not, I think, be used today to signify civic pride and glory', as Michelangelo’s 'David… ,