Best book I read this year:
Totally fascinating. It is hardly believable that something like this really happened. The story of the search for Cythnia Ann Parker is by itself astonishing enough, as obviously it was for the makers of The Searchers. But that her son would also rise to such distinction boggles the mind. Gwynne does not flinch away from the brutality and barbarism of both sides of the Indian wars in Texas, and is not carried away (except perhaps in one passage) by the alleged romanticism of it all. Yet he captures the grandeur of the Comanche empire, about which many people, including myself, are (or were) entirely ignorant. An outstanding book that combines tough scholarly research with high western adventure. First-rate stuff.