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This was an exceptionally compelling read/listen. A couple of years ago I read/listened to a book called "Lies my teacher told me ..." and while it was compelling I felt it was too personalized and reactionary from the authors perspective and sought to vilify any and all Europeans that forded the "new world". This book has similar content but the author leaves a lot to the reader to assess on their own regarding the historical first days of the American epoch. For me I was taken back to the roots of American culture both pre and post European "contact". The author has done a great job taking you down the paths of famous conquistadors and Native Americans ... it's very easy to conjure the struggle these brave men and women went through in fairly vivid detail. While this abridged version is thorough, it is not the "hard core" history some advanced historians may require to be completely convinced of the book's legitimacy. That being said, there are some gaps to be filled and references to follow up on to have a complete picture of the events outlined in this book. Over all I enjoyed every moment of this book and was left wanting more stories of a truly "magical" time in history.
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In elementary school I had been enchanted by the exploits of Coronado and Desoto. I had no idea they had been such brutal conquers. No wonder native Americans don't trust europeans.
I liked the contrasts between history and current circumstances as the author discovered our past by being there, now.
I followed along listening with the printed version and benefited from the maps and photos in the book. Spoiler alert: The author's reading varies from the printed text. Does Audible provide such images?