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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 3 edition (19 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500289557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500289556
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 0.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great story told clearly and passionately by a great Mayanist.

As good an introduction to the world of the Maya, and of Maya scholars, as one is likely to get.

Portrays a Maya culture obsessed with warfare, dynastic rivalries, and ritual bloodletting, yet rich with masterpieces in art and architecture.

About the Author

Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University. His books include The Maya, Mexico, Breaking the Maya Code, Angkor and the Khmer Civilization, andReading the Maya Glyphs. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


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Bought for husband. He says it is comprehensive but very detailed and it is difficult to sort things out, de-coding not explained as well as it could be. Was recommended by a friend who has a very mathematical mind.
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Michael D Coe, world renowned Mayanist, covers the history of the slow, erratic decipherment of the Mayan writing system in gripping style. My copy has the added advantage of being a former Augusta GA library which strikes me as appropriate.
The story is populated with adventurers, rogues and mad academics. It's a wonder that any progress was made; each character projects their own personal fantasy onto the architecture and artifacts of this fascinating enigma.
After centuries of blind turns and dead ends, they finally began to unravel the true history. Fascinating and a great read.
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After visiting recently Guatemala and many of their ancient Maya sites, my young guide at Tikal recommended me this book, along with several others, as a way of helping my increasing curiosity about the Maya civilization. The book is written in an excellent "detective" stile, which page after page delivers a suspense atmosphere and reveals step by step, the investigators involved in the amazing decipherment of the Maya glyphs, their biographies without excluding humorous details and observations.
Being a renamed academic, Dr. Coe has the talent of turning a complex scientific subject accessible to a common reader.
This is one of those rare books one has difficulty to interrupt once start reading it. A great book!
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This is a fascinating account of how the Mayan glyphs were deciphered. I have an old earlier edition of this book which I have read three times now over the years. It was in a popular format (think Penguin), and I bought this edition for a present. However this edition is in more like picking up a textbook, which is unfortunate since it seems to suggest that it is for undergraduate academic students which could be off-putting, whereas it is a popular account.. Try not to let this put you off for this is a great book. The upside is that the photos are printed much more clearly on better quality paper.

The 5 stars are for the content, not the presentation.
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Michael Coe gives a rivetting account on the decipherment of Maya glyphs through the ages. Illustrated with examples, this book is a must for all interested in the Maya.
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