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Candice MillardIn addition to Cabeza de Vaca's memoir and a version of an official report written by the expedition's survivors, Schneider uses accounts of other Spanish expeditions to North America, modern-day archaeological evidence and his own travels in the region to broaden and richen the narrative. At times, the archaeological details and scholarly debates interrupt the story, and some of the information would perhaps have been better off in the book's notes. In general, though, Schneider's thorough research and vivid writing create a fast-paced, moving story, one that is difficult to believe and impossible to forget.
— The New York Times