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Comanches: The History of a People

Fehrenbach, T.R.

Published by Random House Inc, 1974
ISBN 10: 0394488563 / ISBN 13: 9780394488561
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Title: Comanches: The History of a People

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Book Type: Ex-Library


Hard Cover - Good/Good - Other than rubbing to cover and edge wear book is clean and tight - Ex-Library - Illustrated - Index - 557+ pages. Bookseller Inventory # 241847

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Synopsis: Absolutely authoritative and immediate, this is the story of the most powerful of American Indian tribes, the Comanches (they called themselves the true human beings?), who rode into modern history in a headlong collision with western civilization. T. R. Fehrenbach here recreates their rise to power, from their first harsh struggles for survival in the Eastern Rockies through uncounted generations who desperately resisted privation and suffering until they encountered and mastered the horse (first introduced by Spanish settlers). This is how, on horseback, the Comanches conquered and controlled the plains for more than a hundred years: destroying the ancient dreams of Spanish empire in North America, blocking the French advance into the Southwest, and becoming for more than sixty years the single greatest obstacle to Anglo-American expansion. Fehrenbach's history also tells how, at last, the Comanches themselves were conquered, falling before the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Army in the great raids and battles of the mid-nineteenth century until, after the Civil War, only random clumps of tipis stood where once encampments had stretched for miles.

Review: "For a complete history of the Comanches, this book probably has no equal" (Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee)

"Fehrenbach is a highly interpretive and original writer, whose work rests on solid scholarship. His book ranges grandly across the disciplines from folklore to anthropology to history" (Southwestern Historical Quarterly)

"Marvellous" (New York Times)

"A compelling account...Vivid, poignant and authoritative" (The Herald)

"This is a very good book. Like virtually all good books about the American Indian, it tells a tragic story, but unlike many of them, it tells it well. The author has mastered an extensive and complex subject: he is flexible, well-organized, and sensitive" (Larry McMurtry)

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