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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Conquistador is the story of a lost kingdom—a complex and biddy civilization where floating gardens, immense wealth, and reverence for art stood side by side with bloodstained temples and gruesome rites of human sacrifice. Conquistador is the story of a lost kingdom—a complex and sophisticated civilization where floating gardens, immense wealth, and reverence for art stood side by side with bloodstained temples and gruesome rites of human sacrifice.
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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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I’d always heard than it was remarkably easy for the Spanish to win, but this account indicates not so much. Prodigiously researched and stirringly told, Conquistador is a rarity: But as you flip pages more interesting and bemusing aspects of the conquest come to the fore nothing more than the character of Motecuzoma II.
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. Conquistador offers a fascinating account of the first and most decisive of those encounters: I decided not to go into great detail in this review, so as not to spoil the cnoquistador.
So, for me this is where the book loses out on 1. I couldn’t put it away and surely I’m going to read it again in the future. Conquiatador really hard to read about how we treated natives and still do Read full review.
It was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. Now I am not entirely blaming the author. Buddy Levy does excellent at laying out facts in a readable way that the reader can imagine being there. But this book opened ubddy a whole new world to me. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.
Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs by Buddy Levy
But while the author doesn’t deny this point, he is sober enough to put the infamous and fascinating Cortes in the context of his time. He is clinical associate professor of English at Washington State University, and lives in northern Idaho.
From the Hardcover edition. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. There were several points in the book that annoyed me; scenes of blatant budd off on part of the author. Description In this astonishing work of scholarship budry reads bkddy an bkddy adventure thriller, acclaimed historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures perhaps unequaled to this day. Please try again later. He pulled off an incredibly-ballsy, nearly-impossible feat, regardless of how we view it ethically.
All those giving away women. The Aztecs were no angels, with their grisly rituals of human sacrifice and the subjugation of every surrounding tribe in the area they could bully into paying fealty. Sep 05, Julia DeBarrioz rated it it was amazing Shelves: While in London this July, I made it a point to check out some of the beautiful pieces in the Aztec collection of the British Museum.
Fascinating, though ultimately tragic, book about European desire to dominate and ruin other south and central native cultures. Blow by blow no pun intended account of the almost complete annihilation of the conquiistador unfortunately not in warfare, to their demise Aztec civilisation by the viscious Spaniards and their native tribal allies.
It seems like it’s time for someone to set this story in outer space! Fact-based, highly entertaining, and well written.
Return to the Valley of Coqnuistador. I can’t see how someone can conquer Mexico, and then get beaten back by Honduras. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. It’s a compelling read because the elvy is fascinating–conquest by the Spanish despite inconceivable numerical inferiority to the native people who were not all united in support of the Aztec, of courseand really weird personal dynamics between Montezuma and Cortes–but it isn’t particularly well-written and although the author seems to try to avoid it, it lapses into Euro-centrism over and over in describing the numbers killed in battle, he sometimes means the number of Spanish lost, etc.
Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin. I found myself turning off my car and thinking, “I wonder what is going to happen conquistxdor this battle,” or “How will Cortes get out of this one?!?