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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He is clinical associate professor of English at Washington State University, and lives in northern Idaho. Acclaimed historian Buddy Levy clarifies a lot of the myths surrounding the last days of the Aztec empire and the complex relationship between Montezuma and Cortez.

What more can you ask. The conquest of Tenochtitlan was surely one of levj most bloody and relentless accounts of warfare in recorded history.

This book is a great blend between historical research and story telling. Mar 18, Fara rated it really liked it. Such an amazing, unlikely story. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Quiere que se le lea.

Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs

See all reviews. 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 and 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 conquistavor about.

Both the good and the bad is laid bare in this book.

Jul 04, dead letter office rated it liked it. Covers the invasion and conquest of the Aztec Empire by Cortez. The quotes are very informative and essential to inquire closely into the interpretation of the entire dismantlement through warfare. Cortes, through a series of brilliant if not guile-ridden, bloody, and manipulative political and military tactics, managed to overthrow a grand year old Kingdom of the Aztecs, dethrone the Emperor Montezuma, lay siege to the grand city of dreams -Tenochtitlan, and effectively establish a Spanish colony in its stead.

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If it was fiction I would have put it down as “not credible. One racist, domineering, group of religious fanatics gets conquered by another. Along the way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to convert the native inhabitants to Budxy and carry off a fortune in gold.

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Cortes is Both hero and insatiably vicious. In an astonishing work of scholarship that reads like an adventure thriller, historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures. Aug 05, Urey Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: Read reviews that mention buddy levy hernan cortes reads like human sacrifice well written aztec empire conquest of mexico last stand highly recommend bernal diaz page turner great book tens of thousands well researched new world recommend this book conquistador hernan hard to put like a novel montezuma last.

An area we know today as modern-day Mexico. The story is an amazing one Return to the Valley of Mexico. It seems like it’s time for someone to set this story in outer space! Apr 05, Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it Shelves: Never before had two civilisations, two cultures, two races met without having any prior knowledge or understanding of the other.

Lots of “I didn’t know that” moments in the final act. He consulted both Spanish and Native sources. Fact-based, highly entertaining, and well written.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. While in London this July, I made it a point to check out some of the beautiful pieces in the Aztec collection of the British Museum. Along the way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to convert the native inhabitants to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold.


Mar 31, Kristen added it Shelves: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. In the past I have recognised my inability to follow through with interest a plot that is multifaceted and layered. Jul 25, Ryan rated it liked it Shelves: Then one would not have to sign death sentences.

It’s a 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, buddg lapses into Euro-centrism over and over in describing the numbers killed in battle, he sometimes means the number of Spanish lost, etc.

But as you flip pages more interesting and bemusing aspects of the conquest come to the fore nothing more than conquisrador character of Motecuzoma II. May 10, Lyn Fuchs rated it really liked it.

I listened to the story on bhddy CD, as read by Patrick Lawlor, and found Conquistador so compelling as to listen to it a second time. Buddy Levy does excellent at laying out facts in a readable way that the reader can imagine being there.

Account Options Sign in. Jul 28, Pages. I originally thought the Spanish conquest of Mexico was a cakewalk. Showing of reviews.

BookLoons Reviews – Conquistador by Buddy Levy

Only one would survive the encounter. The quotes are very informative and essentia Conquistadors is an in-depth look at Hernan Cortez’s leadership in the battles of war with the Aztecs and Montezuma II. But this book opened like a whole new world to me. Return to Book Page.