Summer Reading: 'Empire of the Summer Moon'

Thursday, July 15, 2010

We continue our summer reading series with journalist S.C. Gwynne, who brings us his new book, "Empire of the Summer Moon," about the final battles between Comanche Indians and white settlers. It's the story of the last great chief of the tribe that was once the most powerful in the nation. 

Tell us: What summer reading would you recommend?


Sam Gwynne

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [4]

asg from Phila

Recently, chimps were found to regularly patrol their territory boundaries and "invade" into nearby chimps' land, killing babies and females to safeguard thier lands.

I'm reading Gwynne's great book and am reminded of all the wars before and after, and wonder if our wars are nothing if not inbred and will never stop.

Aug. 26 2010 06:24 PM

I was surprised that the author implied that America was unique in its treatment of the original inhabitants of the continent. Has the author considered European colonial actions on multiple continents in the past few centuries? South Africa, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union would be contemporary examples of displacement and annihilation of people groups. One has to only read the history books to see recurrent themes throughout history.

Jul. 15 2010 08:44 PM
Jon W from Boston

I agree with Kelly from Detroit. Furthermore, the people who inhabited the Americas before Europeans stole it are usually referred to as 'native Americans", not indians, and the Comanches were, as is commonly refered to in Canada, one of the 'first nations', not a 'tribe'. Use of these terms is not soley to be politically correct, but to show respect for peoples and nations who, while not perfect, should be viewed as equally deserving of "life, liberty adn the persuit of happiness".

Jul. 15 2010 01:03 PM
Kelly from Detroit

Please don't compare any American Indian to Osama bin Laden. In the scenario of the American Indian and the white settlers along with the American military, it was not the Indian that was oppressing and stealing freedom.

Jul. 15 2010 11:38 AM

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