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: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs
Many writers in our time would focus exclusively on the cruelty of the conquest of the Aztecs. Showing of reviews. This book begins magnificently.
The reason for this is simple: But they did not deserve what they got by half. I lucked out with this book as it provides a smoothly written history that reads like a novel. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Cortes is front and center in this book Gives the history of Cortes shortly before his arrival to his conquest of the Aztec empire.
Along the way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to convert the native inhabitants to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. Both the good and the bad is laid bare in this book. Don’t get me wrong. Traveling from Veracruz to Mexico City is not a major journey – unless you do it on foot, wearing full metal armor, offroad without good maps, and with thousands of ferocious warriors trying to kill you. Only one would survive the encounter.
The weirdest part about his narration, however, was that when the text quoted Cortes, Lawlor uses this bizarre “Spanish” accent when speaking his words. His books have been published in six languages.
If you doubt the long-term religious influence of the cruel Cortes, consider my recent experience. Descriptions of the dimensions of various causeways, a full accounting of the number of mares and harquebuses that the Spanish had in working order at various points during the conquest, a recounted geography of the various causeways connecting Tenochtitlan to the mainland, these are details that are hard to bring to life verbally.
One of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. Such an amazing, unlikely story. The only option he would have had would have been to fight, and I think he would have been wiped out. The author is a bit too empathetic with the Aztec culture of daily human sacrifices, totemic dismemberment, ritualistic blood-letting and cannibalism.
Compartilhe seus pensamentos com outros clientes. Books by Buddy Levy. This book is a great blend between historical research and story telling. Other editions – View all Conquistador: My teachers oversimplified one of the most pivotal events in history.
That he saw nothing conquistdaor 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. I always knew Cortes used ships on the lake that existed then surrounding the capital, but this really drove home that in many ways this was a true naval battle.
Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Que de eso se trata esto de escribir historia, a final de cuentas.
This is perhaps, not a very long book the appendix it a good pages but took me nearly 2 months to get through which is a light year. 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.
I cpnquistador appreciative of that — too many “histories” become tedious budsy dumps. Despite all the complaints I have about this book, I must say that I listened to the whole thing.
All those giving away women.
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Lots of “I didn’t know that” moments in the final act. THAT would be something to see. Kind of like America almost single-handedly winning the Pacific war and then getting spanked by the North Vietnamese. It also had huge temples built to the Aztec gods who demanded a constant stream of human sacrifices and cannibalism. 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.
My biggest issue with this book, however, is not with the author, but with the voice actor who did the narration on the audiobook. Many times events almost happened to end the expedition. What boosts this version with new details I didn’t know before is the tale of the final assault on the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan the real present day Mexico City.
Book ratings by Goodreads. Like everybody else I had heard about the conquistadors and knew only so much.
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This is a chronicle of the adventure of grand conquistador Hernan Cortes of Spain and his successful mission to conquer the Aztec kingdom in the 16th century. Exciting, legy of your seat reading.
But this book opened like a whole new world to me. Cortes is front and center in this book…. Quiere que se le lea.
A little hard to follow who’s where at what ancient city but overall great book.