The Conquest of the Incas
by John Hemming
Editor: Mariner Books
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“Distinguished by an extraordinary empathy, a sense of path in the spirit of the sixteenth century, the Spanish and IndiansProvocation” — New York Times “An extraordinary bookA rigorous combination of historical research and a profound stylistic analysis of elegance, this work allows the reader to appreciate the tragic and fabulous history of the Inca Empire, in its richness and diversity.It reads like the most clever novel”Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize for literature in 1532, the magnificent Inca Empire was the last great civilization still isolated from the rest of humanity.The Conquest of the Incas is the definitive history of this civilization of overthrow, from the invasion by Pizarro small gang of conquistadors and the valiant Incas efforts to expel the invaders to the destruction of the Inca domain, the oppression of its people, and the modern discoveries of Machu Picchu and the lost city of VilcabambaIn doing so authoritative, a wide range of account, grounded in careful research and direct knowledge and told from the point of view of both protagonists, “keeps all complex issues at the forefrontthe deepest wonder of the conquest and the deepest horror of its results” (Washington Post)”The Bible for historians and archaeologists study the last days of the IncaFor the past thirty years, The Conquest of the Incas has remained the most influential book for Inca researchersThere’s no other book in the same class” — Brian SBauer, professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, leading Inca archaeologist
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