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Why We're Polarized
by Ezra Klein

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English

Pages

335

Publication Date

January 28, 2020

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<b><i>The New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /> <br /><b><i>The Wall Street Journal</i> Bestseller</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淔ew books are as well-matched to the moment of their publication as Ezra Klein鈥檚 <i>Why We鈥檙e Polarized</i>.鈥?鈥擠an Hopkins, <i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淚t is likely to become the political book of the year....Powerful [and] intelligent.鈥?鈥擣areed Zakaria, CNN</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淪uperbly researched and written..." 鈥擣rancis Fukuyama, <i>The Washington</i> <i>Post</i></b><br /> <br /><b>America鈥檚 political system isn鈥檛 broken. The truth is scarier: it鈥檚 working exactly as designed. In this book, journalist Ezra Klein reveals how that system is polarizing us鈥攁nd how we are polarizing it鈥攚ith disastrous results. </b><br /><br />鈥淭he American political system鈥攚hich includes everyone from voters to journalists to the president鈥攊s full of rational actors making rational decisions given the incentives they face,鈥?writes political analyst Ezra Klein. 鈥淲e are a collection of functional parts whose efforts combine into a dysfunctional whole.鈥?lt;br /> <br />In <i>Why We鈥檙e Polarized</i>, Klein reveals the structural and psychological forces behind America鈥檚 descent into division and dysfunction. Neither a polemic nor a lament, this book offers a clear framework for understanding everything from Trump鈥檚 rise to the Democratic Party鈥檚 leftward shift to the politicization of everyday culture.<br /> <br />America is polarized, first and foremost, by identity. Everyone engaged in American politics is engaged, at some level, in identity politics. Over the past fifty years in America, our partisan identities have merged with our racial, religious, geographic, ideological, and cultural identities. These merged identities have attained a weight that is breaking much in our politics and tearing at the bonds that hold this country together.<br /> <br />Klein shows how and why American politics polarized around identity in the twentieth century, and what that polarization did to the way we see the world and one another. And he traces the feedback loops between polarized political identities and polarized political institutions that are driving our system toward crisis.<br /> <br />This is a revelatory book that will change how you look at politics, and perhaps at yourself.
Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kenned...
by , Lisa McCubbin

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English

Pages

465

Publication Date

May 03, 2016

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The #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Mrs. Kennedy and Me</i> and <i>Five Days in November</i> reflects on his seventeen years on the Secret Service for presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.<br /><br />The assassination of one president, the resignation of another, and the swearing-in of the two who followed those traumatic events. Clint Hill was there, on duty, through <i>Five Presidents.</i><br /> <br /> After an extraordinary career as a Special Agent on the White House Detail, Clint Hill retired in 1975. His career spanned the administrations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford. A witness to some of the most pivotal moments in the twentieth century, Hill lets you walk in his shoes alongside the most powerful men in the world during tumultuous times in America鈥檚 history鈥攖he Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Vice President Spiro Agnew and President Nixon.<br /> <br /> It was indeed a turbulent time鈥攁nd through it all, Clint Hill had a unique insider perspective. His fascinating stories will shed new light on the character and personality of each of these five presidents, as Hill witnesses their human sides in the face of grave decisions.
The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner)
by Sarah M. Broom

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

August 13, 2019

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><p></p><p><b>WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION</b></p><p></p><p><b>A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.</b></p><p></p><p>In 1961, Sarah M. Broom鈥檚 mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant鈥攖he postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah鈥檚 father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah鈥檚 birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae鈥檚 thirteenth and most unruly child.</p> <p>A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom鈥檚 <i>The Yellow House</i> tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America鈥檚 most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother鈥檚 struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. <i>The Yellow House</i> expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the 鈥淏ig Easy鈥?of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, <i>The Yellow House</i> is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.</p>
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of th...
by David Grann

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English

Pages

347

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 聽 - 聽NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST聽<br /><br />"Disturbing and riveting...It will sear your soul."聽<b>鈥?lt;/b>Dave Eggers, <i>New York Times Book Review</i><br /><br />SHELF AWARENESS'S BEST BOOK OF 2017<br /><br />Named a best book of the year by聽<i>Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time,聽Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine,聽</i>NPR's Maureen Corrigan<i>,聽</i>NPR's "On Point,"<i> Vogue</i>,聽Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, <i>Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub's </i>"Ultimate Best Books<i>," Library Journal, Paste, Kirkus,</i> Slate.com<i>聽</i>and</b><i><b> Book Browse</b><br /></i><b><i><br /></i>From <i>New Yorker</i> staff writer David Grann, #1 <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author of <i>The Lost City of Z,</i> a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history</b><br /> 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽<br />In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.<br /> 聽 聽 聽聽Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances. <br /> 聽 聽 聽聽In this last remnant of the Wild West鈥攚here oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the 鈥淧hantom Terror,鈥?roamed鈥攎any of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization鈥檚 first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.聽 Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.聽<br /> 聽 聽 聽聽In <i>Killers of the Flower Moon, </i>David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. <i>Killers of the Flower Moon</i> is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the Am...
by David McCullough

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

May 07, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story鈥攖he settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.</b><br /><br />As part of the Treaty of Paris, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. A Massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement. Included in the Northwest Ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and most importantly, the prohibition of slavery. In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam. They settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River.<br /> <br />McCullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler鈥檚 son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science. They and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness, while coping with such frontier realities as floods, fires, wolves and bears, no roads or bridges, no guarantees of any sort, all the while negotiating a contentious and sometimes hostile relationship with the native people. Like so many of McCullough鈥檚 subjects, they let no obstacle deter or defeat them.<br /> <br />Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, <i>The Pioneers</i> is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough鈥檚 signature narrative energy.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
by , Leif Babin

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English

Pages

317

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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<p><b>An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.</b></p><p>Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin鈥檚 SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed 鈥渁ll but lost.鈥?In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three鈥檚 Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership鈥攁t every level鈥攊s the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. </p><p>Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields.</p><p>Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, <i>Extreme Ownership</i> shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.</p><p>A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, <i>Extreme Ownership</i> revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.</p>
The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 194...
by James D. Hornfischer

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English

Pages

585

Publication Date

October 25, 2016

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<br /><b>An unprecedented account of the monumental Pacific War campaign that brought the U.S. Navy to the apex of its strength and supremacy and established the foundation for America to become a dominant global superpower</b><br /> 聽<br /> Here is the extraordinary story of the most consequential campaign of the Pacific War: the U.S. Fifth Fleet鈥檚 seizure of the Marianas, a relentless deployment of overwhelming force on air, land, and sea that opened the path to total victory over Japan and established a new state of the art in warfare: the first use of the forerunners of today鈥檚 SEALs; the emergence of massive cross-hemispheric expeditionary operations; the flowering of American naval aviation and carrier power; and the secret training of Marianas-based air crews who would first unleash nuclear fire.<br /> 聽<br /> From the epic seaborne invasion of Saipan, to the stunning aerial battles of the Marianas Turkey Shoot, to the grinding combat ashore鈥攁nd the largest suicide attack of the war鈥攖o the devastating bombing campaign that culminated with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Marianas were the fulcrum of the Pacific. Filled with memorable action set pieces and closely observed portraits of the naval, air, and ground-force warriors and commanders who revolutionized warfare, <i>The Fleet at Flood Tide</i> is the broadly encompassing story of the full materialization of America as a world-class military power.<br />
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redem...
by Laura Hillenbrand

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English

Pages

530

Publication Date

November 16, 2010

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<b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥?<b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE 鈥⒙?lt;/b>Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader鈥檚 Circle for author chats and more.</b><br /></b><br />In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. When his Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean, against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.<br /> 聽<br /><i>Unbroken </i>is an unforgettable testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit, brought vividly to life by <i>Seabiscuit</i> author Laura Hillenbrand.<br /><br /><b><b>Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by <i>Time</i> magazine 鈥?Winner of the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award</b><br /></b> 聽<br /> 鈥淓xtraordinarily moving . . . a powerfully drawn survival epic.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淸A] one-in-a-billion story . . . designed to wrench from self-respecting critics all the blurby adjectives we normally try to avoid: It is amazing, unforgettable, gripping, harrowing, chilling, and inspiring.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擭ew York</i></b><i> </i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淪taggering . . . mesmerizing . . . Hillenbrand鈥檚 writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don鈥檛 dare take your eyes off the page.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>People</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淎 meticulous, soaring and beautifully written account of an extraordinary life.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Washington Post</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淎mbitious and powerful . . . a startling narrative and an inspirational book.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br />鈥淢agnificent . . . incredible . . . [Hillenbrand] has crafted another masterful blend of sports, history and overcoming terrific odds; this is biography taken to the nth degree, a chronicle of a remarkable life lived through extraordinary times.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳he Dallas Morning News</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎n astonishing testament to the superhuman power of tenacity.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淎 tale of triumph and redemption . . . astonishingly detailed.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>O: The Oprah Magazine</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淸A] masterfully told true story . . . nothing less than a marvel.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>Washingtonian</i></b><br /> <i>聽</i><br /> 鈥淸Hillenbrand tells this] story with cool elegance but at a thrilling sprinter鈥檚 pace.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擳ime</i></b><br /> <b><i>聽</i></b><br /> 鈥淗illenbrand [is] one of our best writers of narrative history. You don鈥檛 have to be a sports fan or a war-history buff to devour this book鈥攜ou just have to love great storytelling.鈥?lt;b>鈥擱ebecca Skloot, author of<i> The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i></b><i><br /></i>
The Library Book
by Susan Orlean

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<b>A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK</b><br /> <br /><b>A <i>WASHINGTON POST</i> TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR </b> * <b>A</b> <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER and <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎 constant pleasure to read鈥verybody who loves books should check out <i>The Library Book</i>.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淐APTIVATING鈥ELIGHTFUL.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Christian Science Monitor</i> * 鈥淓XQUISITELY WRITTEN, CONSISTENTLY ENTERTAINING.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i> * 鈥淢ESMERIZING鈥IVETING.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Booklist </i>(starred review)</b><br /> <br /><b>A dazzling love letter to a beloved institution鈥攁nd an investigation into one of its greatest mysteries鈥攆rom the bestselling author hailed as a 鈥渘ational treasure鈥?by <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i>.</b><br /><br />On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, 鈥淥nce that first stack got going, it was 鈥楪oodbye, Charlie.鈥欌€?The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library鈥攁nd if so, who?<br /> <br /> Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning <i>New Yorker </i>reporter and <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.<br /> <br /> In <i>The Library Book</i>, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.<br /> <br /> Along the way, Orlean introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters from libraries past and present鈥攆rom Mary Foy, who in 1880 at eighteen years old was named the head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. Jones, a pastor, citrus farmer, and polymath known as 鈥淭he Human Encyclopedia鈥?who roamed the library dispensing information; from Charles Lummis, a wildly eccentric journalist and adventurer who was determined to make the L.A. library one of the best in the world, to the current staff, who do heroic work every day to ensure that their institution remains a vital part of the city it serves.<br /> <br /> Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, <i>The Library Book </i>is Susan Orlean鈥檚 thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books鈥攁nd why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. It is also a master journalist鈥檚 reminder that, perhaps especially in the digital era, they are more necessary than ever.
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of...
by S. C. Gwynne

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English

Pages

396

Publication Date

May 05, 2010

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<b>The Epic <i>New York Times </i>Bestseller</b><br /> <b>Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize</b><br /> <b>Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award</b><br /> <b>A <i>New York Times </i>Notable Book</b><br /> <b>Winner of the Texas Book Award</b><br /> <b>Winner of the Oklahoma Book Award</b><br /> <br /><b>This stunning historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West 鈥渋s nothing short of a revelation鈥ill leave dust and blood on your jeans鈥?(<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).</b><br /><br /><i>Empire of the Summer Moon</i><b> </b>spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.<br /> <br />Although readers may be more familiar with the tribal names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined when the American West opened up. Comanche boys became adept bareback riders by age six; full Comanche braves were considered the best horsemen who ever rode. They were so masterful at war and so skillful with their arrows and lances that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the French expansion westward from Louisiana. White settlers arriving in Texas from the eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled backward<i> </i>by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands.<br /> <br />The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne鈥檚 exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroads, and the amazing story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah鈥攁 historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being.<br /> <br />Hailed by critics, S. C. Gwynne鈥檚 account of these events is meticulously researched, intellectually provocative, and, above all, thrillingly told. <i>Empire of the Summer Moon </i>announces him as a major new writer of American history.

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