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4.0 out of 5 starsGood read, informative
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2020
This is a well written and organized book. It's a short read, concise but very informative. I was amazed at the level of cooperation Cortes received from some of the local peoples who had been subjected to Aztec rule under Montezuma. Many of the events described involved brutal battles, betrayals and cruelty. The book does a good job of explaining how a few thousand Spanish invaders overcame a civilization of millions. The use of guns, cannons, and horses with some luck seemed to be the main deciding factors in Spanish victories. The only factor I didn't see (maybe I missed it) was the effects of European diseases that began to spread during the conquest helping the Spanish defeat the Aztecs. It was also interesting to see the effect that religion, on both sides, impacted events. Good book, good read you will like it as a high level read of history.
This is a concise wrap of the life and actions of a fascinating man. Although - he does come off as inexcusably and unnecessarily cruel. .....all the in desire for gold and riches! Amazing that such actions were predicated in the name of the - irrational - catholic church. This one could have benefited from a touch of tighter editing in a few places.
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2020
Hernan Cortes (1485-1547) is the archetypal Spaniard rapacious explorer whose only interest in the Americas was gold and power and who devastated. This book describes the actions and results of Cortes and gives an idea of his personality.
I have read so many accounts of Cortes’ conquest of Mexico that one never knows which to believe. This is the that he needed to make two attacks on the city. This account gave more details of the other tribes and their loyalties.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2020
Seems like Cortes was a master of situational awareness and resolving conflict. He was able to read the field and know what to do. Nice explanation to the "what happened" and how do you explain being so outnumbered yet winning. So many factors came together like the fall of the Aztecs was just meant to be.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2020
An interesting brief book on an often forgotten man responsible for the downfall of many indigenous tribes in what is now Mexico. Spurred on by greed for gold and power the new Spanish nation exploited much of the area resulting in the death of many thousands of local people while spreading their own version of Christianity. Cortes, was one of a relatively small number that were responsible for spreading European power and influence throughout the globe.