"For sheer drama, no age compares to the age of exploration, no explorers compare to the conquistadors and no conquistador compares to Hernan Cortes. In Buddy Levy s finely wrought and definitive Conquistador, the worlds of Cortes and Montezuma collide and come to life. Five hundred years after the conquest, the Cadillo and his prey have been made human. To read Conquistador is to see, hear and feel two cultures in a struggle to the death with nothing less than the fate of the western hemisphere at stake. Prodigiously researched and stirringly told, Conquistador is a rarity: an invaluable history lesson that also happens to be a page-turning read." Jeremy Schaap, best-selling author of "Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History, " and "Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler s Olympics" "Sweeping and majestic...A pulse-quickening narrative." Neal Bascomb, author of "Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin
"A century before the Mayflower, a single man settled the destiny of the Americas far more momentously than the Puritans ever could....Conquistador offers a fascinating account of the first and most decisive of those encounters: the one between the impetuous Spanish adventurer Cortes and Montezuma, the ill-starred emperor of the Aztecs.... [An] almost unbelievable story of missionary zeal, greed, cruelty and courage." "Wall Street Journal"
Drawing heavily on both Spanish and Aztec sources . [Levy stresses] the military strategy, diplomatic initiaitves, and personal relationship between Cortes and Aztec emperor Montezuma . Well-written . Highly recommended. "Library Journal," starred review
A fateful meeting of civilizations . Cortes is front and center in this book . [Levy s] description of the final siege on Tenochtitlan is especially dramatic. Associated Press
Explores just how far invaders will go to take what they want. "Cape Cod Times""show more