• by Buddy Levy
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was a moment unique in human history: the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart.In 1519 Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish empire but to convert the natives to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story.In Tenochtitlán, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, and commander of the most powerful military in the Americas. Yet in less than two years, Cortés defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astounding battles ever waged.The story of a lost kingdom, a relentless conqueror, and a doomed warrior, Conquistador is history at its most riveting.


What the Critics Say

"Lively account of the Spanish conquest of Mexico." (Kirkus)
"Drawing heavily on both Spanish and Aztec sources...Levy gives a straightforward telling of the entire story.... Well-written.... Highly recommended." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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A Great Book

A book will worth your time. I found myself trying to figure out the "bad guys" and the "good guys" and realized that I couldn't do it. The human sacrifices revolted me but the treachery and greed of the Cortes expedition disgusted me. Anyone interested in the forces that transformed the Americas should get this book.
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- Victor

Well Played

A fun read with a good narrator. I am not an expert on the subject, but it seemed the author did his homework. Too bad the Aztec capital no longer exists, it must have been something to see.
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- Hika

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-16-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio