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

Lonesome Cowboy

May 31, 2002 By S. C. Gwynne

A businessman with the Western virtues of courage and self-reliance. An aloof aristocrat who bought his way into Republican politics. Who is the real David Dewhurst, and why are so many people so unenthusiastic about his campaign for lieutenant governor?


Mar 1, 2002 By S. C. Gwynne

If you're looking for endless stretches of pristine coastline, more birds than you can count, and the state's largest concentration of alligators, then Port Arthur is your gateway to an unexpected adventure.

Dr. No

Sep 30, 2001 By S. C. Gwynne

Republican congressman Ron Paul, of Surfside, believes that much of our federal government should be abolished. He has voted against honoring the likes of Rosa Parks and repeatedly goes against his constituents' interests. He is a contrarian, an outsider, and an ineffectual lawmaker. And he just may be unbeatable.

Boss Perot, Jr.

Jun 30, 2001 By S. C. Gwynne

He made his name in real estate, but now Ross Perot, Jr., is running the computer services company that bears his family's name—and taking care of business with his father.