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Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    So-So

    This book wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. It was a very easy read and for the most part accurate. There were a few incidents in which the author made references to other events during this era and included popular myths. As an anthropologist, I am interested in facts when dealing with history unless, of course, the historical book is dealing with myths or religions.
    I would recommend this book for those of you whom are marginally interested on this topic. But for those that want a detailed and accurate account, I have provided two other books below: one is an account from a primary source (Diaz del Castillo) and the other is in my opinion the quintesential book on the history of the conquest by William Prescott.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Masterful Narrative

    This book reads like a well written novel, and I say this as someone who almost never reads fiction. The author does, at points, engage in what seemingly is a political correctness historical paradigm by needlessly drawing moral equivalencies between the brutal Aztec human sacrifices and the actions of the Spaniards in the Inquisition, for example. But, these digressions are miniscule and the narrative flow of this book is superb. More writers of history would do well to stick to telling the story, the way this author does. It is also testament to the truism that less is very often far more. A haunting and eloquantly presented story of mankind's brutality toward his fellow man- on a myriad of levels.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    Great book - interesting, educational, and entertaining

    This is a great book - it's a historical page turner, if you can imagine that. Plenty of information to digest, but the author's style made it more like a novel than a textbook.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    One of the best

    Ive read thousands of books. This one will always be in my top ten.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    Great Book

    This ranks as one of my favorite books. It is perfect for the well read Meso-american history enthusiast. It is full of facts and details while at the same time well written and easy to read.

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