Conquest of the Incas

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Pan Macmillan, 2004 - Incas - 624 pages
4 Reviews

'A superb work of narrative history' Antonia Fraser

On 25 September 1513, a force of weary Spanish explorers cut through the forests of Panama and were confronted with an ocean: the Mar del Sur, or the Pacific Ocean. Six years later the Spaniards had established the town of Panama as a base from which to explore and exploit this unknown sea. It was the threshold of a vast expansion.

From the first small band of Spanish adventurers to enter the mighty Inca empire, to the execution of the last Inca forty years later, The Conquest of the Incas is a story of bloodshed, infamy, rebellion and extermination, told as convincingly as if it happened yesterday.

'It is a delight to praise a book of this quality which combines careful scholarship with sparkling narrative skill' Philip Magnus, Sunday Times

'A superbly vivid history' The Times

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It is always difficult to read histories such as this because when it comes right down to it, this is a conquest of a people who were indigenous to the land; in other words, people who were "there ... Read full review

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Epic and magisterial, John Hemming's account of the conquest of Peru should be required reading for anyone who hopes to understand how 168 Spaniards prevailed over one of the most accomplished and ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

John Hemming was Director of the Royal Geographical Society in London from 1975 to 1996. and is the author of fourteen books. On publication, The Conquest of the Incas won the Robert Pitman Literary Prize and the Christopher Medal in New York.

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