The Last Comanche Chief:
By Bill Neeley
The Life and Times of Quanah Parker
Son of Chief Peta Nocona and a captive girl, Cynthia Ann Parker, Quanah fought until it was no longer possible to live the life of the free plains Comanche. Realistic and foresighted, Quanah then led his people to the reservation. Read more.
Based on years of research and numerous unpublished sources, this is a definitive biography of a legendary Native American who played a significant role in U.S. history. Presents a riveting account of Quanah Parker's struggle to reconcile two worlds and two ways of life. Includes an unflinching chronicle of the last brutal wars between the Comanches and Texans on the Southern Plains.
After making peace, Parker became an entrepreneur and rancher, as well as a peace leader of his tribe. Many of his former foes became good friends, including General Ranald Mackenzie, whom he bested in 1871, and who led the final campaign against the Comanches in 1874. Later-day friends included Theodore Roosevelt.
"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
"A vivid, eyewitness account of life for settlers and Native Americans in those violent and difficult times." — Christian Science Monitor
Paperback: Castle Books, 2009. 304 pages. ISBN-13: 9780785822592. ISBN-10: 0785822593.