“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
I picked this book up at a yard sale for $0.25. It is an excellent book giving a background and understanding to what really went on with the Comanches. This is not a sugar coated story about 'the noble red man'.
One of the best books I have ever read about the west. The Comanches were a force. We could be heading into the modern version of that epic struggle.
I'll see if I can find a copy - it sounds like an interesting book.This reminds of a long time childhood read. CACHE LAKE COUNTRY by John Rowlands. Not only well told story, but very well illustrated as well. Thanks for the reminder to read again.
I second all that is said above. And it is a good, compelling read. Read it when it was published, and have gifted it to a number of those who live with the propaganda of the Indian industry and Turtle Island crowd; who are usually shocked and express disbelief - if they bother to read it at all. If you are curious or interested in the subject and its issues, find a copy of "Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation" by Frances Widdowson. While Widdowson focuses on the Canadian situation, much of what she describes mirrors what the USA lives with. Again, a rare balanced view of the stew of historical and contemporary injustices that has morphed into a tangle of vested interests (Indian, governments and private parties). Controlled by those whose positions of power depend on perpetuated and expanding the myth of status quo that, shamefully, leaves North American Treaty Indians the slaves and chattels of those who claim to be their leadership.
Have a copy. Superb.
That was a $1 well spent.Alfalfa
Wouldn't once have been enough?
Bought it when It first came out and loved it. its view on the Spainish/mexican control of the area smashes any claims they had to the area.
+4.It really is a good one.
Nascent interest in the Comanche. Thank You for the information.
Can recommend "Frontier Regulars", by Robert M. Utley (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_M._Utley), and"My Life as an Indian", by James Willard Schultz (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Willard_Schultz).
Some books are worth re-reading.
This book is absolutely top notch history. As someone mentioned here, the history isn't sugar-coated with "noble red man" crap. It shows the Comanches with all of their warts and their virtues. When I read it, I considered it to be the most compelling work of history I had read in the last hundred histories i had read. It is a real eye-opener about the most warlike and victorious of the Plains Indians tribes.
Checked some of the 1-star reviews on Amazon... it looks like a good "read"... but is it good history???