Brutally honest and fair-minded
Gwynne's writing is clear, direct, colorful, and often eloquent. his economy of language conveys a huge body of information that the reader can most pleasantly absorb. additionally, his words paint a clear and gripping picture of the comanche reality, which is of great benefit to the reader. in telling the story of the comanches, gwynne is ruthlessly candid when examining the actions and motivations of all actors--comanche, spanish, mexican, and american. the author's examination of his subject relies on the fields of history, ethnography, and anthropology. gwynne does not shy away from terms such as *savage* and *uncivilized* when describing the comanches' (and others') culture, and most importantly, their behaviors. the commanches occupied an alien moral space as seen by their non-indian enemies--and victims. based on the evidence, the reader can judge for himself whether the author's observations and insights about this brilliant stone-age people (the comanches) are valid.