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The Last Comanche Chief: The Life and Times of Quanah Parker

The Last Comanche Chief: The Life and Times of Quanah Parker
Author: Bill Neeley
ISBN 13: 9780471160762
ISBN 10: 471160768
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 1996-08-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 324
List Price: $19.95

Critical acclaim for The Last Comanche Chief

"Truly distinguished. Neeley re-creates the character and achievements of this most significant of all Comanche leaders." — Robert M. Utley author of The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull

"A vivid, eyewitness account of life for settlers and Native Americans in those violent and difficult times." — Christian Science Monitor

"The special merits of Neeley's work include its reliance on primary sources and illuminating descriptions of interactions among Southern Plains people, Native and white." — Library Journal

"He has given us a fuller and clearer portrait of this extraordinary Lord of the South Plains than we've ever had before." — The Dallas Morning News

Publishers Weekly

In 1875, Quanah Parker surrendered his people to the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Okla.; thereafter, he would lead them on the ``white man's road.'' Son of a Comanche chief and a white woman, he had led war parties through north Texas for 12 years. Neeley, a freelance writer, traces his life from youth to warrior chief to respected cattleman. He describes the last wars between the Comanches and settlers, the peyote ritual and pressures on Native Americans to conform to white society. Parker was a realist; when he saw that opening the reservation to settlement was inevitable, he yielded. Neeley gives a detailed account for the legal battles that culminated in the Oklahoma land rush. This is a fine portrait of the legendary chief and an illuminating glimpse into the history of the American West. (July)