It was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. In 1519, HernAn Cortes arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish expire but to convert the natives 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. In TenochtitlAn, Cortes met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, and commander of the most powerful military in the Americas. Yet in less than two years, Cortes defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astounding battles ever waged.
The story of a lost kingdom, a relentless conqueror, and a doomed warrior, Conquistador is history at its most riveting.
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"The story of Hernan Cortes and the sixteenth-century conquest of Mexico by the Spanish is one of the bloodiest in history, with both the Europeans and the Aztecs engaging in extraordinary acts of violence. Buddy Levy comes to this story with a journalist's rigor and a novelist's ear, and his account of the conquest is fair minded and engaging. Patrick Lawlor's narration moves the work along at a good pace, though he sabotages it by affecting a cartoonish accent when reading the words of Cortes and the other Spaniards. Further, his rendering of the name of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitl‡n, makes one wish that audiobook narrators were better coached on the correct pronunciation of foreign words and place names. D.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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