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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Addicted to this tale over many years I just had to read one more version. The author certainly knows how to throw a net over his reader and hold him captive. Despite an avalanche of facts, the complexities of weapons, conquistadir, alliances and negotiations are made clear without slowing the riveting drama.
The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico. This is also a misgiving on my own part. Blow by blow no pun intended account of the almost complete annihilation of the sophisticated unfortunately not in warfare, to their demise Aztec civilisation by the viscious Spaniards and their native tribal allies.
The way it’s written makes it hard to put down. Big up to the writer, this book is a page cpnquistador. Cortes is Both hero and insatiably vicious. 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.
Levy doesn’t romantize either group, and while he is sympathic to the Aztecs, he does seem to have some admiration for Cortes. When I finally decided to pick up Conquistador, all doubt was removed from mind. 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 empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures perhaps unequaled to this day.
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It was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face conquistadkr between two men from civilizations a world apart. Feb 05, Tom Elpel rated it it was amazing.
Share your thoughts with other customers. Now I want to know what happened before and after. I ordered Conquistador while preparing to travel to Mexico City, to better grasp local history. I ordered Conquistador while preparing to travel to Mexico City, to better grasp local history.
Sometimes reading a history book about even the most fascinating events can get to be mind numbing, but Levy’s prose is good.
This book tells the gripping story of how Cortes used violence, diplomacy, lies, courage, native allies, technology and brilliant tactics along with a big assist from smallpox to bring down what to the Mexicans had seemed like an unbeatable empire.
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Formas de pagamento aceitas: Imagine their horror as these Spaniards rode terrifying animals t If you want to know what an alien invasion would be like, don’t read science fiction, read this book instead. To tell this story Buddy Levy uses the writings of various sourc Never having heard from this author in my life, I much doubted if his books would be any good. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.
Just really hard to read about how we treated natives and still do Read full review. The way it’s written makes it lsvy to put down. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Just imagine cojquistador horrifying and strange it must have been for the Aztecs to have Cortes and his men show up in huge technologically advanced ships from a strange land they had never heard of.
Then one would not have to sign death sentences. This book was, perhaps, not so much amazing because of how well it was written though it was, indeed, a well written and compelling work, especially for a history bookor how much research was done though there are quite extensive footnotes budry end notes, a Nahuatl pronunciation guide, maps, and fairly extensive bibliographybut more so because the story of Cortes’ relentless and brutal conquest of the Aztec empire was something about which I knew nothing, yet relished learning about.
Book ratings by Goodreads. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable—and tragic—aspects of this unforgettable story of conquest.
Description 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 empire and the two men at the center of an epic conquistadro of cultures perhaps unequaled to this day.
I really enjoyed learning about how he went about dismantling an entire empire. It’s conquisttador compelling read because the history is fascinating–conquest by the Spanish despite inconceivable numerical inferiority to the native people who were not all united in support of the Aztec, of courseand really weird personal dynamics between Montezuma and Cortes–but it isn’t particularly well-written and although the author seems to try to avoid it, it lapses into Euro-centrism over and over in describing the numbers killed in battle, he sometimes means the number of Spanish lost, etc.
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. To ask other readers questions about Conquistadorplease sign up.