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Mesoamerican History: A Captivating Guide to Four Ancient Civilizations That Existed in Mexico

The Olmec, Zapotec, Maya and Aztec Civilization
Narrated by: David Patton, Duke Holm
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
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Publisher's Summary

If you want to discover the captivating history of Mesoamerica, then pay attention....

Four captivating manuscripts in one audiobook:

  • Olmecs: A Captivating Guide to the Earliest Known Major Ancient Civilization in Mexico
  • Zapotec Civilization: A Captivating Guide to the Pre-Columbian Cloud People Who Dominated the Valley of Oaxaca in Mesoamerica
  • Maya History: A Captivating Guide to the Maya Civilization, Culture, Mythology, and the Maya Peoples’ Impact on Mesoamerican History
  • Aztec History: A Captivating Guide to the Aztec Empire, Mythology, and Civilization

Part one of this audiobook includes:

  • Revolutionary findings provided by modern archaeological detective techniques
  • The truth of why the Olmecs were so rich and the powerful components to their success
  • What there is to know about the Olmec military
  • Amazing insights into everyday life of the Olmecs
  • Remarkable innovations of the Olmecs
  • And much, much more!

Some of the topics covered in part two of this audiobook include:

  • The cloud people and their domain
  • The arts, athletics, and technology
  • The war against the Aztecs
  • The conquistadors’ arrival
  • The fall of an empire
  • And a great deal more on which you don't want to miss out!

Part three of this audiobook includes:

  • Revolutionary findings provided by modern archaeological detective techniques
  • A simple explanation of the Maya civilization and its location
  • And much, much more!

In part four of this audiobook, you will discover topics such as:

  • Where did the Aztecs live?
  • Agriculture and diet
  • Religion
  • Shocking discoveries of human sacrifice
  • And much, much more!

Get this audiobook now to learn more about Mesoamerican history!

©2018 Captivating History (P)2018 Captivating History

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Excellent....clear, absorbing.

This seemed like a monumental read but was never a chore. The book feels seamless, from one period to another. The per-Columbian period especially is fascinating since most of us know only Aztec and Maya. Highly recommended!

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I am very glad I listen to it

Written in a conversational style that gets you through a lot of dense information and complexity regarding the timeline facts and dates. There is a strong social anthropology theme and it is consistent in tone and form. Each chapter has a quote to set the tone and ending paragraphs to summarize the gist. For me, this was important on a very personal level as I am delving into my ancestry that was only recently made known to me.

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Exceptionally engaging stuff.

Recommended to anyone who wants to comprehend Mexico, not just understand superficially. The author's effort is worth, thank to him.

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  • Laura Ashley
  • 11-19-18

Brief history and accurate one.

Great read, demonstrates complex ideas and events through an easy to follow timeline. I would love to thank the author for this great great effort.

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  • Fredrik Eklund
  • 11-19-18

A very complete book on the subject.

There are some words used which are now obscure, but the context is usually clear It a long book, but very complete with a lot of insight of the people involved and the times. I don't know if later research would change any of the story, but it is a good overall history.

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  • Joe Cranston
  • 11-18-18

A complete introduction to Mexican history.

Great, comprehensive introduction to Mexican history, though the first few sections that focus on pre-colonial early colonial periods were a little slow and long for readers interested in learning about modern Mexico.

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  • Mary Amelia
  • 11-18-18

Comprehensive enough.

The provided stuff about the specific history is very wide ranging and detailed. The author is already have great history of writing history books.

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  • Mark Ashton
  • 11-18-18

Best History of Mexico.

I have read dozens of books on the history of Mexico, but none gave me the feeling of a real understanding of why events transpired as they did in Mexico's bloody and complicated past as satisfactorily as Fire and Blood.

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  • Ahamd Ali
  • 11-17-18

Very Through History of Mexico.

After listening to this book, I feel as though I have a good grasp of Mexican history. It is VERY through. I wish that there were a "Reader's Digest version" that would just give the highlights, as this book is too massive to reread in the future.

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  • Bruno Timothy
  • 11-17-18

Helpful and informative...

It starts slow. You could probably skip the first couple of chapters because no one really knows what happened back in prehistoric days. But once it gets to the Aztecs it picks up and is really quite readable and engaging. The index is helpful--use it to keep from getting lost in the long incomprehensible names.

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  • Zoe Hall
  • 11-17-18

Excellent overview on Maxico.

Captivating History are excellent writers who, over the years, has covered a number of subjects. This book as a panoramic overview of the various regimes that ruled over Mexico for almost 500 years is broad in its sweep. It's well written, and for a gringo like me, it helps me understand Mexico and her current political state. The story ends about 1990.

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  • George Wheeler
  • 11-17-18

A great book to understand Mexico and its people.

I read this book because I had lived in the Southwest for many years interfacing with people from Mexico. Yet, I really never understood the history of Mexico and the impact the Spanish mindset had on the Mexican people. This book provided me the history I needed to understand the tremendous issues facing the people of Mexico. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Daisy Lees
  • 11-17-18

Not just understand superficially.

I really enjoyed the authors consistently reminding the reader that the concept of "Mexico" is a relatively new, statistic understanding, that does not encompass well the inherently boundless lines that have defined the peoples of the area for literal thousands of years.