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Superb exploration of western history,
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This review is from: The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend (Kindle Edition)
If you know The Searchers only as the John Ford film, but always wondered about the central story of a white European girl kidnapped and adopted by the Comanches, then this book fills the gaps. It's really four books. Firstly, the story of Cynthia Parker, the abducted child whose story was the kernel of the western novel, screenplay and film. Next, it's the story of her son, the war chief Quannah Parker, whose story takes us into the early 20th century. The next part of the book focuses on the creation of the western novel, The Searchers by Alan Le May and then on to the making of the John Ford film. All the four stories are superbly told by Frankel, who doesn't pull his punches, particularly on John Ford. It's worth reading this book in conjunction with SC Gwynne's Empire of the Summer Moon, which tells the full story about the Comanches and Comancheria - absolutely brilliant.