The Broken Spears

The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico
Narrated by: Jason Manuel Olazabal
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: History, Americas
4.6 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told in the words of the Spanish victors. Miguel León-Portilla has long been at the forefront of expanding that history to include the voices of indigenous peoples. In this new and updated edition of his classic The Broken Spears, León-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors. León-Portilla's new postscript reflects upon the critical importance of these unexpected historical accounts.

©1990 Beacon Press, Expanded and Updated Edition 1992 by Miguel Leon-Portilla (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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This book is perfect!

The actual truth about what really happened in Mexico and the lies our teachers told us in Mexico. Lies and more lies always glorifying the Spaniards, now, I am an American, I was born in Mexico but my grandparents are from Spain but the truth must be told and this book tell us how exactly things happened by the victims, the Aztecs, eventhough people didn't know they were capable of writing the events, attacks that happened to them, come on, they created 365 day calendar. I love history and I love this book!

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Outstanding

Wish I would have read it before going to Mexico City this in combination of the book... Conquistidors... give insight to the conquer of the Aztecs ..

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learning new information

this book was great and made it easier for me to understand my class. the narrator was great.

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A high school must required

Apart from our history that we need to know. A masterpiece of archaeological - forensic investigation

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Great except for pronunciation of Nahuatl words

Would definitely recommend giving it a listen. I really liked it, except for the narrator’s pronunciation of Nahuatl words. I cringed every time he said “Mexica” or incorrectly pronounced the -tl sound. Besides that, it was great. Even with that flaw, I’d recommend it.

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it won't download.

how am i supposed to listen to the story if it won't download? please help

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Great explanation of the invasion of Spainairds

Not only did this book explain everything from the Nahua culture being reserved to the defeat/ fall of the Aztec Empire but as well as the view of the Spainairds and their greed and how they slowly abrupted each village from the indigenous people. A good peice of literature if you're real interested in history.

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it's ok

I don't like when the nahuatl isn't pronounced correctly, I feel like there can be a better effort .
thank you

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