Montezuma, Cortes, and the Fall of Old Mexico

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Baker & Taylor
Draws on newly discovered sources to present a full history of Cortes' conquest of Mexico

Blackwell North Amer
In Conquest one of the most distinguished modern historians has written the first major history of the conquest of Mexico since Prescott's classic account, published over 150 years ago.
Cortes' conquest of Mexico in 1519-1521 is one of the most famous stories in the world. Macaulay wrote that the way Aztec emperor Montezuma died was one of the two things that every schoolboy knew. The story of the 500 conquistadores landing near Vera Cruz, the subsequent burning of the boats, the march up to the Aztec capital, the extraordinary battles and ruses en route, the welcome by Montezuma, the later quarrels, the Spanish withdrawal, the bloody fighting, and the eventual apocalyptic victory can never fail to excite the imagination.
Drawing on newly discovered sources and taking into account information not available to earlier scholars, Hugh Thomas, author of the bestselling The Spanish Civil War and The History of the Cuban Revolution, presents a full and balanced history of one of the most significant events of Western civilization, a subject and an era of continued fascination to millions of readers.
Here, in a brilliant and detailed narrative, full of the sound and fury of great events and the clash of empires and personalities, is a book that rivals Prescott's for its sweeping view of history, but is written with a new respect for the civilization and culture that Cortes ruthlessly destroyed.
Hugh Thomas' account of the collapse of Montezuma's great Mexican empire under the onslaughts of Cortes' conquistadores is one of the major historical works of the decade. It bristles with moral and political issues that are profoundly relevant to our time, and is also a thrilling narrative, brimful of the sheer excitement of discovery.

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The author of The History of the Cuban Revolution draws on newly discovered sources to present a full and balanced history of Corte+a7s's conquest of Mexico. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1994
ISBN: 0671705180
Branch Call Number: 972.02 THO
Characteristics: 812 p


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Aug 06, 2011

This gem was collecting dust on my bookshelf for over a year. And after devouring it, what comes instantly to mind as praise are pedestrian superlatives such as wow, enthralling, fascinating, well written... Unfortunately my comments do not do justice to the breadth and presentation of this work. However, in my defense, my reaction is simply a geniune response to an excellent account of the incredible conquest of Mexico by Hernan Cortes. Historian Hugh Thomas delivers a blockbuster non-fiction read. This is the standard for non-fiction in terms of interest and readability. An added bonus: the text of my copy of this book (a Simon and Schuster paperback edition) was also appealing. The layout of the chapters, the glossy picture sections, the pictures that headed the chapters, a sumptuous presentation to this remarkable account. It is not often that I would comment on a book without offering any criticisms, but such is the case here.


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