9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2003
This book is fantastic - it gives you an insight about the whole Comanche way of life and highlights all without making the mistake of taking sides.
Bill Neeley has done a superb job and educated me with this book as well. I always had the 'romantic' image of the Comanches just hunting for food, being so at one with nature. I was shocked at times to read that they were actually quite violent and nasty towards the Mexicans and other Indian tribes. But that still does not justify what the white man has done to the Comanches (and any other Indian tribe). Bill Neeley shows us just how important Quanah was for his people and how wise and intelligent he was. Struggeling througout his life with prejudice from both sides - some Comanches did not like the fact that he was mixed race and had a white mother and claimed he was too soft on the white man. Whereas the Whites only saw him as the Indian, who gave them heart- and headache by fighting fabulous wars, which made the Whites look very stupid indeed.
Quanah Parker is a legend and this book tells you all you need to know about his life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2010
Plenty has been written about the Comanche warrior leader Quanah. Many books chronical the last days of his existance as a free-living figurehead and rallying point of restistance by the natives of the Southern plains of America against the white-man's encroachment . The Last Comanche Chief covers Quanah's early life and interesting family history,takes the reader through the years of war and dignified surrender. Unlike the many accounts which are concerned mainly with his role as a warrior this book then continues to follow Quanah's life story up until his death .
His assimilation into white business society resulted in financial success yet he was also able to maintain a massive degree of power and credability amongst his own people and played a part in founding the Native American Church.
Quanah was more than a warrior ,businessman,land-owner,tribal judge and evangalist . A man with -in more ways than one - a foot in two different worlds he was truly worthy of the title Chief .
This little book is full of gap-filling anecdotes that help humanise this most interesting of men and I really enjoyed it !