Empire of the Summer Moon

I read a couple of books while I was in Cornwall. One was One Day in September, a really good account of the terrorist attack on the Munich Olympics in 1972 and the almost unbelievable bungling by the German authorities which led to far more loss of life than was necessary. But my main read was Empire of the Summer Moon, which interweaves an account of the kidnapping of a white woman by the Comanches and how her son became their last great chief, and a history of the Comanches, and how they and the other Indians were gradually forced out of their acnestral lands and onto reservations by white exansion.

It’s a great read and a very well balanced account. It doesn’t pull any punches as to how cruel and ruthless the Indians were, especially in the way they treated captured enemy who were completely at their mercy. But it also does a great job of describing how people whom they captured often eventually didn’t want to return to their previous lives, and movingly portrays  the end of a whole culture and way of life. A memorable read.


About ramblesofawriter

Writer, thinker, tea drinker.
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