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In this astonishing work of scholarship that reads like an edge-of-your-seat adventure thriller, acclaimed historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec. Lively account of the Spanish conquest of Mexico. Levy (Writing and Literature/ Washington State Univ.; American Legend: The Real-Life. Conquistador by Buddy Levy, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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It regales with adventure, exploration, heroism, conquest, and treasure. I listened to the story on unabridged CD, as read by Patrick Lawlor, and found Conquistador so compelling as to listen to it a second time. He is clinical associate professor of English at Washington State University, and lives in northern Idaho. Life in Ancient Egypt English Edition.

It seems like it’s time for someone to set this story in outer space! Despite all the complaints I have about this book, I must say that I listened to the whole thing. Not nearly as thorough as Hugh Thomas excellent book “Conquest” also reviewed by me on Goodreads I enjoyed it nevertheless.

Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs

I ordered Conquistador while preparing to travel to Mexico City, to better grasp local history. Latin American World History. Gives the history of Cortes shortly before his arrival to his conquest of the Aztec empire.

Read more Read less. Considering that Montezuma is dead about halfway through the book, I don’t think his name should have appeared in the title. Stark, startling, and sobering. To read Conquistador is to see, hear and feel two cultures in a struggle to the death with nothing less than the fate of the western hemisphere at stake. Epic in scope, as entertaining as it is enlightening, Conquistador is history at its most riveting.

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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. That he saw nothing paradoxical in carrying out his intentions by virtually annihilating a proud and accomplished native people is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story.


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What more can you ask. One of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. Review “For sheer drama, no age compares to the age of exploration, no explorers compare to the conquistadors and no conquistador compares to Hernan Cortes. I got a real buddyy that the author was incredibly well read, probably a recognised historian, and certainly one that was comfortable with retelling history as a story.

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The conquest was not so simple. Such an amazing, unlikely story. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable—and tragic—aspects of this unforgettable story of conquest.

Talk about a clash of cultures!! But I don’t think it’s really meant to be an academic history book, more a history book for normal people like me, and the writer’s li Books like this make me really wonder who is worse in the situations where some more advanced European group comes in and stomps the shit out of some barbaric cannibal child-sacrificing group. Hernan Cortes is one of the most fascinating figures of history, a man who was at the right place in the right time in history to build an empire.

Not that many, it turns out, since Levy calls him a “brilliant strategist” about a dozen times. How many ways can you say he was one tactical, ruthless mother fucker? I usually hate non-fiction but this was very well written.

No es, conquistaror ninguna manera, un ejemplo a seguir en cuanto al procesamiento de los datos o incluso en cuanto a la argamasa narrativa empleada. Conquistador offers a fascinating account of the first and most decisive of those encounters: Visiting a remote Chinantec village in Mexico, I commented on what looked like a Day of the Dead altar.

Fascinating, though ultimately tragic, book about European desire to dominate and ruin other south and central native cultures. It was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. Mar 31, Kristen added it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.


Just for the record, neither party were angels whe When I was in grade school we studied about Hernan Cortes and the mighty Aztecs, but all I could conquistacor was that Hernan Cortes defeated Montezuma and that small pox decimated the Aztecs.

I don’t think it all that bad that Cortez ended the incomprehensibly vast killing and the ruthless preying on numerous “lesser” tribes as fodder to feed the ravenous Aztec appetite for human blood and flesh. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Never before had two civilisations, two cultures, two races met without having any prior knowledge or understanding of the other.

The Last Days of the Incas. Lsvy narrative documents three controversial propositions. But as fonquistador flip pages more interesting and bemusing aspects of the conquest come to the fore nothing more than the character of Motecuzoma II. Prodigiously researched and stirringly told, Conquistador is a conquixtador I learned this history basics as a child but had never read an in-depth account of Cortes activity in Mexico. Anyone interested in history will enjoy this book. This was not a subtle conquest.

Apparently there is ldvy documentation especially from the Spanish side but a little from the native American side too. Only one would survive the encounter.

He too deserves better. The conquest of Tenochtitlan was surely one of the most bloody and relentless accounts of warfare in recorded history. I really don’t know guddy to think of this book. Although the events in this book are not easy to read human sacrifice, cannibalism, civilian massacre, torture, etc.