Gift Guide

They are Coming: The Conquest of Mexico

Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $23.50   
  • Used (10) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Gift quality, Fine. A superior copy without defect. Clean, unmarked pages. Fine binding and cover. Hardcover and dust jacket. Ships daily.

Ships from: Boonsboro, MD

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by
Sending request ...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For the Mexican Indians, the Spanish Conquest of 1522 was a cosmic tragedy in which conquistador Hernando Cortes and his small, ill-equipped band of men were mistaken for descendants of the light-skinned, exiled Aztec god Quetzalcoatl. For the West, the Conquest was a great adventure, a fulfillment of the expansionist imperative thought to inhere in Christian salvation. The violent collision between two worlds is plausibly recreated in a vivid narrative that uses invented dialogues and interior monologues combined with exhaustive ransacking of primary sources. Lopez Portillo, a novelist, political scientist and former president of Mexico, adds human interest to a bloody saga by highlighting Cortes's love of Malinalli, a dignified Indian woman torn between two cultures, who converted to Christianity and was baptized as Marina. The cadenced, majestic prose is punctuated by 103 kinetic drawings by the author that have the feel of on-site 16th-century sketches. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Though the publisher calls this ``post-modern non-analytical history,'' it is actually romanticized historical fiction. In this overlong account the ex-President of Mexico writes of the conquest of Mexico from the viewpoint of the participants. His narrative follows closely the work of William Prescott. The fictional dialog allows the characters to display their emotions about the events they are caught up in. Welcomed into Mexico because myth had predicted the coming of white people, the small band of Spaniards view with awe a capital city that rivaled anything in Europe. How they conquered the vastly superior number of Indians is a story worth retelling. The conquest, a holocaust of immense proportions, is in reality a clash of religions--one which considered human sacrifice a duty and another which abhorred it yet burned at the stake those who spurned conversion. Along with Ronald Wright's much less kind Stolen Continents (Viking, 1992), this is a timely purchase during the Columbus quincentenary, calling to mind the great civilizations that were destroyed as a result.-- Louise Leonard, Univ. of Florida Libs., Gainesville
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929398358
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Pages: 375
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)