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The Conquest of Mexico (1843)

by William H. Prescott

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Fine 17-volume set, leatherbound with marbled endpapers and sides of the textblock.
  SteveJohnson | Aug 3, 2013 |
Fine binding though the front board is unattached. Endpapers and edges of paperblock are marbled.
  SteveJohnson | Aug 3, 2013 |
Companion volume to Heritage Press edition of Prescott's "The Conquest of Peru"
  Django6924 | May 23, 2008 |
Very well researched, very interesting, very difficult to find used. I spent several months looking for it on two continents. The fact that it was written 150 years ago means the language is quite nice to read, with many unusual terms. Unfortunately, it also provides a few politically incorrect shocks though it is obvious the writer was very fair and open-minded by the standards of his time. ( )
  hippietrail | Sep 7, 2005 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375758038, Paperback)

"It is a magnificent epic," said William H. Prescott after the publication of History of the Conquest of Mexico in 1843. Since then, his sweeping account of Cortés's subjugation of the Aztec people has endured as a landmark work of scholarship and dramatic storytelling. This pioneering study presents a compelling view of the clash of civilizations that reverberates in Latin America to this day.

"Regarded simply from the standpoint of literary criticism, the Conquest of Mexico is Prescott's masterpiece," judged his biographer Harry Thurston Peck. "More than that, it is one of the most brilliant examples which the English language possesses of literary art applied to historical narration. . . . Here, as nowhere else, has Prescott succeeded in delineating character. All the chief actors of his great historic drama not only live and breathe, but they are as distinctly differentiated as they must have been in life. Cortés and his lieutenants are persons whom we actually come to know in the pages of Pres-cott. . . . Over against these brilliant figures stands the melancholy form of Montezuma, around whom, even from the first, one feels gathering the darkness of his coming fate. He reminds one of some hero of Greek tragedy, doomed to destruction and intensely conscious of it, yet striving in vain against the decree of an inexorable destiny. . . . [Prescott] transmuted the acquisitions of laborious research into an enduring monument of pure literature."


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Expounds upon the virtues of Mexico while seeking to explain the tragedy of the country's defeat in terms of its neighboring civilizations.

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