S.C. “Sam” Gwynne has worked for Texas Monthly in a variety of capacities since 2000. He is the author of Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Tribe in American History, published in 2010. The book was on the New York Times best-seller list for 82 weeks and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Articles by S. C. Gwynne

Call of the Wild

Mar 1, 2004 By S. C. Gwynne

Seven images and captions—from the campsite to the view from the rim—show how executive editor S. C. "Sam" Gwynne spent seven days alone on the Solitario.

Conversations With a Grasshopper

Mar 1, 2004 By S. C. Gwynne

To experience the majesty and peril of the desert on my own terms, I spent a week alone in the Solitario, the most remote area of Big Bend Ranch State Park. I confronted my darkest fears—and made small talk with an insect.

Weapon of Mass Communication

Nov 1, 2003 By S. C. Gwynne

This was the summer of George W. Bush's discontent, when sixteen specious words in the State of the Union address threw the White House into disarray. Can his 32-year-old mediameister, Dan Bartlett, get the message and the messenger back on track?

Pilot Error

Aug 31, 2003 By S. C. Gwynne

Wondering what American Airlines CEO Don Carty was thinking when his plan to save the company blew up in his face? I certainly was. So I went to see him.

Rain of Error

Jul 31, 2003 By S. C. Gwynne

For as long as there has been a Texas, there have been dry spells when people wished it would rain. One huckster actually tried to make it happen—with the financial backing of Congress.

Grand Illusion

Dec 1, 2002 By S. C. Gwynne

Deep pockets and an uphill climb: S. C. Gwynne says the last days of Tony Sanchez's campaign for governor looked an awful lot like the first.