History of the Conquest of Peru (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

History of the Conquest of Peru (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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History of the Conquest of Peru (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) by William H. Prescott

Peru's rich culture has long fascinated scholars, with stories of ancient civilizations and great conquerors. History of the Conquest of Peru details Pizarro's ferocious seizure of the Incas as it explores the "most brilliant passages of Spanish adventure in the New World." Published to critical praise in 1847, this book remains the starting point for all historians -- professional and amateur alike.

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ISBN-13: 9781435113473
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 09/29/2008
Series: Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 519,419
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

William H. Prescott's family enjoyed distinction long before his histories made the name Prescott known worldwide. His paternal grandfather, Colonel William Prescott, had fought at Bunker Hill. His father was a lawyer of note, a delegate to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention in 1820, and later a judge. His mother was the daughter of Thomas Hickling, a merchant by trade, who for many years was the American consul in the Azores. Prescott most likely was influenced to study Spanish history by his friendships with fellow Harvard graduates Alexander Everett, who was then U.S. Minister to the Court of Spain, and George Ticknor - a lapsed lawyer, like Prescott - who was the first professor of modern languages at Harvard College, author of the masterly three volume History of Spanish Literature (1849), and the first biographer of his old friend William Prescott.

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History of the Conquest of Peru (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Jim_Morrison_Fan More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written piece on the Spanish conquest of Peru in the early 16th century. Prescott provides an in-depth account of the history of the Inca Empire and the unfortunate demise which abruptly ended one of the greatest cultures of the ancient world. Many parts read like a novel and the parts that don't (such as background history) are still very entertaining and interesting. Prescott touches on the cultural differences and describes the tension and consequences of these encounters. Even though this book flows and describes many of the events, a background on the subject matter is helpful. For me, all this included was a brief lecture in class and watching Guns, Germs & Steel. I would recommend this to readers who (like myself) want to become historians or study history in college. For the average reader, this book provides a wonderful account of the Inca and their encounters with the new world. I have yet to read Prescott's other book, History of the Conquest of Mexico, but I plan to within the next few months. These two books are essentials for anyone even remotely interested in history.
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