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The Last Days Of The Incas

The Last Days Of The Incas [Kindle Edition]

Kim MacQuarrie
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'A colorful, superbly crafted historical narrative that masterfully demonstrates that when cultures collide, unforeseen and tragic consequences follow....also a memorable adventure story, revealing the modern Indiana Jones-type characters that unearthed, and continue to discover, lost parts of the Inca Empire. 'Last Days of the Incas' is historical writing at its best.' --Broughton Coburn, author of 'Everest: Mountain Without Mercy'

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The haunting story of the destruction of a magnificent civilisation.

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Kim MacQuarrie is a writer, a four-time Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, and an anthropologist. He is the author of four books on Peru and lived in that country for five years. During that time, MacQuarrie lived with a recently-contacted tribe of indigenous Amazonians, called the Yora. It was MacQuarrie's experience filming a nearby group of indigenous people, whose ancestors still remembered their contacts with the Inca Empire, that ultimately led him to investigate and then to write his latest book, "The Last Days of the Incas."

A History Book Club and Military Book Club selection, the book was also chosen by the Kiriyama Prize Committee as a "notable book" for 2008 and as an "Outstanding Academic Title" by Choice. Currently FX Channel is developing "The Last Days of the Incas" as a 13-part scripted television series. MacQuarrie is now at work on a book about a 4,500-mile journey, from Colombia to Tierra del Fuego, along the spine of the Andes.Visit his website at: or his blog at

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollercoaster Read 18 July 2007
Before I read this book, my knowledge of the Inca Empire was limited to a vague notion that they once had a great civilization that was quickly destroyed by a small bunch of Spaniards. I had no idea of the blood curdling drama that awaited me. Kim MacQuarrie's book is a riveting, thrill a minute tale written with such a skillful combination of elegant restraint and high stakes immediacy that I couldn't wait to get to the next chapter and on some occasions, (like when Manco Inca first mobilized the Incas into rebellion to name but one example), I had to remind myself to exhale. Right up to the end, I was willing the Incas to prevail, all the while knowing that their days were numbered. The fact that all the issues it so painstakingly and beautifully brings to the surface are scarily relevant to today's world does the book no disservice either. Read it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Days of the Incas 21 Oct 2010
By Sarah
An incredibly well written piece of literature. Easy to read, historically informative and an amazing insight into the lives of the Spanish Conquistadors and the Incas, I felt I was there! (Reading this book had the same effect on me as watching 'Braveheart' - you always wana support the underdogs) Unbelievably powerful,stirring and evocative. The story contained inside this books cover has been researched mind bogglingly well, I can only imagine the painstaking hours involved in the creation of perfection that is this book. Buy it now! It's exciting, inspirational and awesome!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I didnt want to put it down! 14 Mar 2012
I studied History for my degree so I have a natural interest in the subject. I generally prefer my books to be informative and most importantly, accurate. I had no knowledge of Incan history, so what I was after was a basic overview of how the Spanish ended up in South America and how they were involved in the Inca's destruction. You have to remember that the sources used for any book would be translated several times and are somewhat biased in favour of the conquistadors own purposes therefore, regardless of whatever book you buy you wont get an entirely accurate account of the events. I found this book to be really exciting, I really found it hard to put it down. The author makes the events really easy to follow and presents them in an exciting fashion, its certainly not a dull read. Those who are more educated in the area may find inaccuracies and question if events unfolded in such a way. However, if you are looking for just a general overview that is easy to follow, with a bit of excitement then this is the book for you
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic and thrilling 26 Feb 2009
It has always surprised me that no-one with a Hollywood-sized budget and a thirst for action has ever committed to telling the story of the Conquest of the Incas. I sincerely hope that with the release of this book (that will surely supersede all others on the topic for the foreseeable future) the penny will drop.

Kim MacQuarrie's book is a breathless iteration of this epic tale, surpassing even John Hemming's landmark 1970's rendition by drawing on some alternative sources and taking a slightly more imaginative angle (although there are notable - and necessary - similarities in the first half). The depth and professionalism of the research is unquestioned, the fluidity of the language enviable.

It has become a little cheap, lazy and hackneyed to refer to any episode in history as `The Greatest Story Ever Told', yet all - all - of the ingredients are undoubtedly here: seemingly insurmountable odds; immense clashes of culture and technology; treachery; shifting allegiances; unrequited love and its occasional terrible repercussions; soaring mountains and steamy jungles; and not least the giddy excitement of lost cities being rediscovered. It takes a great deal of skill to render this into a tight, uncompromising narrative whilst simultaneously displaying passion and fairness in your subject. MacQuarrie succeeds superbly.

The exotic location and almost alien outlook on life being displayed by Incas and Conquistadors alike suggest something quite other-earthly about this breathtaking saga, and you do have to keep reminding yourself that its true - no, there is no ethereal MiddleEarth magic on display here, although the story is no less grand as a result.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 May 2011
By Frenchy
This is one of the most informative ancient history books I've ever read. It reads like a novel and is so discriptive that it feels as though you are there, witnessing the atrocities and wishing something could have been done to change the overall outcome. I couldn't put it down and actually felt quite sad when I came to the end.
An excellent read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the Incas to life 22 Jun 2012
By Fran
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There are a LOT of Inca ruins in Peru and I heard more than one person comment "They're all more or less the same" but when you read this book each building really comes to life. Imagining the Incas defending Sacsaywaman against the Spanish, or the walls of Qoricancha lined with gold makes the whole place so much more interesting and exciting! I definitely recommend this book to anyone even vaguely interested in the Incas and definitely anyone planning to visit the sacred valley in Peru. But finish it before you go, I only got 2/3 of the way through and hence missed out on visiting several of the ruined cities that I'm now desperate to go back for!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Very readable and informative for the lay-person
Excellent! Very readable and informative for the lay-person.
Published 2 months ago by Elaine Howarth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Riveting and really well written.
Published 2 months ago by Elly M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on historical intrigues and the sad fall of an empire
This is an Excellent and absorbing tale of the fall of the Inca empire. It really brings history to life, and made visits to the archaeological sites so much more interesting,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by DeeKay
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
An absolutely brilliant book. The only downside was that I could not stop reading it once I began! An epic, amazing history about the rise and fall of the Inca Empire.
Published 2 months ago by Emmett Byrne
1.0 out of 5 stars fictional work
If you are interested in the Incas history, avoid this book. There is no real insight, no global view on the subject, and in many points it is just a collection of Spaniards... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alfonso Nanni Costa
5.0 out of 5 stars sad and exciting
This is one of the best books i have ever read. one of the greatest stories in history. had the Incas won world history would have been very different. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight into a lost Empire
This book is a wonderful tale of the fall of the Inca Empire and the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Leebsw
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit heavy going, so I was pleased to give it to someone
With a bit more research I could have got into it, so it made a great gift to someone who knew their stuff
Published 11 months ago by miles kenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Incas a great civilization
Excellent book, well written and very well researched. I was interested in reading more about this fantastic civilization and what really happened when the spanish conquistadores... Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. E. Lopez Ferreira
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting read
I do not really like reading about early history, but this book was a fantastic read, very interesting and I managed to read it all which I doubted I would when it arrived in the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Griffiths
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