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  • Title: Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs
  • Author: Buddy Levy
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  • Page: 184
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  • 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 I and my companions suffer from a disease of the heart which can be cured only with gold Hern n Cort sIt was a moment unique in human history, the face to face meeting beIn 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 I and my companions suffer from a disease of the heart which can be cured only with gold Hern n Cort sIt was a moment unique in human history, the face to face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart Only one would survive the encounter In 1519, Hern n Cort s arrived on the shores of Mexico with a roughshod crew of adventurers and the intent to expand the Spanish empire Along the way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to convert the native inhabitants to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story of conquest.In Tenochtitl n, the famed City of Dreams, Cort s met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma king, divinity, ruler of fifteen million people, and commander of the most powerful military machine in the Americas Yet in less than two years, Cort s defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astonishing military campaigns ever waged Sometimes outnumbered in battle thousands to one, Cort s repeatedly beat seemingly impossible odds Buddy Levy meticulously researches the mix of cunning, courage, brutality, superstition, and finally disease that enabled Cort s and his men to survive.Conquistador is the story of a lost kingdom a complex and sophisticated civilization where floating gardens, immense wealth, and reverence for art stood side by side with bloodstained temples and gruesome rites of human sacrifice It s the story of Montezuma proud, spiritual, enigmatic, and doomed to misunderstand the stranger he thought a god Epic in scope, as entertaining as it is enlightening, Conquistador is history at its most riveting.From the Hardcover edition.
    Buddy Levy
    Buddy Levy is the author of River of Darkness Francisco Orellana s Legendary Voyage of Death and Discovery Down the Bantam 2011 Conquistador Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs Bantam Dell, 2008 American Legend The Real Life Adventures of David Crockett Putnam, 2005, Berkley Books, 2006 and Echoes On Rimrock In Pursuit of the Chukar Partridge Pruett, 1998 As a freelance journalist he has covered adventure sports and lifestyle around the world, including several Eco Challenges and other adventure expeditions in Argentina, Borneo, Europe, Greenland, Morocco, and the Philippines His magazine articles and essays have appeared in Backpacker, Big Sky Journal, Couloir, Discover, High Desert Journal, Poets Writers, River Teeth, Ski, Trail Runner, Utne Reader, TV Guide, and VIA He is clinical assistant professor of English at Washington State University, and lives in northern Idaho with his wife Camie, his children Logan and Hunter, and two black Labs.


    Commentaires:

    Lyn Fuchs
    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. Who would attempt this? Only one guy. Buddy Levy's book Conquistador allows us to march alongside one of history's most insanely-courageous leaders: Hernan Cortes.The book compels readers eagerly down this deadly road for God, gold and glory. Despite an avalanche of facts, the complexities of we [...]

    Alfredo
    Disparates geográficos como «el puerto caribeño de Veracruz»; «San Vicente Chimalhuacán» —no Chicoloapan; Xochimilco, una ciudad ubicada al sudoeste de Tenochtitlan —a la que invariablemente se llama «Tenochtitlán»; el canal «Toltec» y la ciudad de «Tlacopán»; Cortés dedicado a edificar la Tepeaca española —Segura de la Frontera— en un monte. Tonterías léxicas del tamaño de «tabascano», «cempoalenses» o «tepeacanos». Imprecisiones que mueven a risa, como españo [...]

    Jennifer
    Wow! Exciting, edge of your seat reading. “Popular” history told narrative style, but supported with extensive research. An “I was there” kind of history, though by the end you’re certainly glad you weren’t. A wonderful book marred only by an occasional carelessness in the prose – facts are sometimes repeated within a page or two of one another, as though one instance was not removed when the other was inserted. But this happens infrequently and doesn’t spoil the pace of the stor [...]

    Mati
    This true story of the conquest of the Aztecs blew my mind. It is so griping, wild, violent, and shattering as to only reflect the scope of empires crashing in who's wake we all still live. Cortes is Both hero and insatiably vicious.

    Noah Goats
    If you want to know what an alien invasion would be like, don't read science fiction, read this book instead. Just imagine how 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. Imagine their reaction at seeing these men who looked so different from themselves with their beards, white skin, and shining armor. Imagine their horror as these Spaniards rode terrifying animals t [...]

    Clint
    Books like this make me really wonder who is worse in the situations where some more advanced European group comes in and stomps the shit out of some barbaric cannibal child-sacrificing group. This book was pretty good, it was actually written sort of like a novel, with lots of liberties taken by the writer with adjectives and the feelings of the people involved. But I don't think it's really meant to be an academic history book, more a history book for normal people like me, and the writer's li [...]

    Anna
    I really don't know what to think of this book. The author's use of adjectives in praise of Cortes gets tiresome really fast. How many ways can you say he was one tactical, ruthless mother fucker? Not that many, it turns out, since Levy calls him a "brilliant strategist" about a dozen times. Seriously, it ends up reading like the epithets in Greek epics, but instead of "grey-eyed Athena" it's "battle-hardened Spanish soldiers." These repetitions are grating not only for their literary merits, bu [...]

    Urey Patrick
    If you have any interest at all in Aztec culture and the Cortez saga, this is the book to read. The author is a bit too empathetic with the Aztec culture of daily human sacrifices, totemic dismemberment, ritualistic blood-letting and cannibalism. I don't think it all that bad that Cortez ended the incomprehensibly vast killing and the ruthless preying on numerous "lesser" tribes as fodder to feed the ravenous Aztec appetite for human blood and flesh. On the other hand, his descriptions of Aztec [...]

    Ed Mestre
    Addicted to this tale over many years I just had to read one more version. Not nearly as thorough as Hugh Thomas excellent book "Conquest" (also reviewed by me on ) I enjoyed it nevertheless. At times I found some silly errors (saying the Toltec city of Tula is present day Mexico City & the Latin name for a bison as the Latin name for a mammoth), but for the most part it was pretty well researched & does give Thomas' acknowledgement for the work he did with previously unknown documents. [...]

    Shariq Chishti
    A very well written book about one of the most important chapters of colonial history and world history. Hernan Cortez conquest of Tenochtitlan is unlike any other I have read or heard about. Cortez`s massacre of Cholula and what seemed at first an almost bloodless coup of Tenochtitlan read like historical fiction. But as you flip pages more interesting and bemusing aspects of the conquest come to the fore nothing more than the character of Motecuzoma II. The Aztec emperor Motecuzoma II`s friend [...]

    Tom Elpel
    I ordered Conquistador while preparing to travel to Mexico City, to better grasp local history. Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztec is the riveting and vivid account of Cortes and his brutal conquest of the Aztec empire in 1519 – 1521. Montezuma, king of the Aztecs, ruled over 15 million people when Cortes arrived with a few hundred Spanish soldiers and Cuban porters. The capitol city of Tenoctitlán, which the conquistadors called the “City of Dreams [...]

    Kurt
    I was looking for a way to augment lectures to my middle school social studies students and found this in B&N. Near the close of the school year, I found myself caught up in learning all I could about Cortes, the Conquistadors, and the Aztec civilization. I lucked out with this book as it provides a smoothly written history that reads like a novel. I was appreciative of that -- too many "histories" become tedious data dumps. No fun. This stuff is exciting and brutal. I was glad to finish th [...]

    Brian Weaver
    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 book), or how much research was done (though there are quite extensive footnotes and end notes, a Nahuatl pronunciation guide, maps, and fairly extensive bibliography), but 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. I've [...]

    Sheila
    When I was in grade school we studied about Hernan Cortes and the mighty Aztecs, but all I could remember was that Hernan Cortes defeated Montezuma and that small pox decimated the Aztecs. 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. The research the author did in order to bring this sweeping adventure in history is impressive. Just for the record, neither party were angels whe [...]

    John Nellis
    I originally thought the Spanish conquest of Mexico was a cakewalk. I learned how wrong I was reading this book. The conquest was not so simple. Many times events almost happened to end the expedition . There were many battles and close calls. Things just happened to all end up falling into place , as no matter the reverse or hardship, Cortes found a way to triumph in the end. Luck seemed to have been on his side. Read this book, you will learn a lot. I decided not to go into great detail in thi [...]

    Brett Walker
    Stark, startling, and sobering. I found what I knew about Cortez prior to reading this book was almost nothing and massively over-simplified. And, what I know now is somewhat disturbing but supported by this book with a fidelity that will forever classify Cortez in my own mind as a brute and an at-any-costs conqueror, not much different than many of the other explorers of that era but someone I don't plan to congratulate in any future encounters.

    Justin Tyme
    Well researched and balanced. I love how the author quotes primary sources as part of a well-written narrative. This book is a great blend between historical research and story telling. Although the events in this book are not easy to read (human sacrifice, cannibalism, civilian massacre, torture, etc.), they are necessary elements to the narrative, and show that both the conquistadors and the Aztecs were barbaric (the Conquistadors less so).

    Fara
    A fascinating look at how Cortes and his handful of conquistadors managed to take control of one of the largest empires on earth at that time. A fascinating personality study of Cortes the man, and of Montezuma, of what we can know of him.

    Edwin Mcallister
    My second time through this. Such an amazing, unlikely story. It seems like it's time for someone to set this story in outer space!

    Edward Sullivan
    Vivid, fascinating, and completely engrossing.

    Kristen
    I enjoyed the narrative style of this non -fiction history of Cortes ' conquest of Tenochtitlan.

    Óli Sóleyjarson
    Ég hef lengi verið heillaður af Aztekum, nægilega heillaður að ég tala oftar um Mexika. Þessi bók fjallaði með um Cortez, samband hans við innfædda samherja og óvini ásamt pólitískum vandræðum með spænska félaga sína. Ég hafði ekki áttað mig hve gjörsamlega Tenochtitlan var eyðilögð í stríðinu við Spánverja. Það er ótrúlegt og sorglegt að þessi borg, sem var líklega sú stærsta og mögulega sú fallegasta í heimi, hafi verið tortímt á svona skömmu [...]

    Quinten
    Never having heard from this author in my life, I much doubted if his books would be any good. This because there weren't a lot of ratings and reviews about Buddy Levy's writings. When I finally decided to pick up Conquistador, all doubt was removed from mind. Conquistador tells the story of Hernán Cortes and his Spanish companions discovering New Spain and the interactions they had with the indigenous indians, be they good or evil.To tell this story Buddy Levy uses the writings of various sour [...]

    Michael Teems Jr.
    Conquistadors is an in-depth look at Hernan Cortez's leadership in the battles of war with the Aztecs and Montezuma II. I really enjoyed learning about how he went about dismantling an entire empire. There are many times the battle fell to Jesus Christ reigning over false idols who demanded atrocities. There are plenty of gruesome details of the battles in this literature. I was very happy with all of the direct quotes from Cortez and others included. The quotes are very informative and essentia [...]

    Roopa Prabhu
    The conquest of Mexico reads like an adventure thriller. Through out the book I kept experiencing remorse for the demise of Aztec civilisation, horror at the utter ruthlessness and shrewdness of the Spanish conquistadors, disgust and admiration for Cortes and lastly saddened by the betrayal of the Aztec brethren themselves by takings sides with the conquistadors thereby helping them achieving the impossible.

    Sam
    Great book. Reads almost like an adventure novel! As I'm going to be visiting Mexico City for several days and taking in the sites, sights, tastes, sounds and smells, I thought it might be a good idea to start brushing up on my knowledge of the area's history. this book did not disappoint. Detailed and well-paced, the narrative puts you practically alongside Cortes and his men in their conquest of the Aztec nation, along with its allies and foes. All in all, it was quite a rewarding read.

    Dinesh Mulani
    It is a diverse view as we see Cortes's point on spanish conquest

    Elizabeth
    An engaging and interesting narrative of the fall of the Aztec Empire at the hands of Hernan Cortes.

    Ana Maria Rodriguez
    Love the fluid narrative of this amazingly detailed true story. I recommend it for lovers of early Spanish-Latin American history.

    Southey Blanton
    This book did a really good job of breaking down and involving you in the story of Cortes and his bloody murder of an entire civilization in the name of Christianity and greed.

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