- Hardcover: 522 pages
- Publisher: Simon and Schuster; U.S. and Canadian Edition edition (28 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 074326049X
- ISBN-13: 978-0743260497
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,711,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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'
The haunting story of the destruction of a magnificent civilisation. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
An excellent read.
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.Read more ›
The book could have done with a few more maps and illustrations, but if read in conjunction with "The Illustrated History of the Incas" by David M Jones, then all will fall into place.
The book is very readable and is up-to-date with the latest archeological evidence and interpretations. Highly recommended; read it before you go there.
It is page turning stuff as this most incredible story unfolds like a fantasy novel and yet of course this all happened...sort of.
My one major issue is to bring this story so vividly to life, there is too much conjecture. True what Kim Macquarrie assumes is reasonable but it is still made up by the author rather than historical fact. Too often we are told what people are thinking in the situation or how some one delivered a line and then leapt onto their horse to ride into the afternoon sun. Evocative stuff but blatantly made up and while in this book the conjecture is never unreasonable too often in "history" books these lapses of good historical writing lead to biased and worryingly incorrect books that people read as "fact".
So have a read and enjoy, just be aware of the literary gloss.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just came back from Peru great book and a lot of informationPublished 11 months ago by J A SCHEMBRI
Cannot fault this book for coverage of the spanish conquest of Peru and the aftermath. The author keeps you engrossed in the intrigue and the deft manouverings of the participants... Read morePublished 11 months ago by peter david mitchell
An excellent summary of a fascinating period in history. Brings the key players to life without sacrificing ching details or accuracy.Published 12 months ago by Andrew Knighton
Very informative and fast paced account of the Spanish Conquest of the Inca Empire - tragic for the Inca civilisation, and testament only to the unstoppable greed of the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
An absolutely amazing book. One of the best I have ever read, regardless of genre. I am surprised that this book has not received more recognition.Published 16 months ago by Ole-Martin Ihle
Brilliant read. Read before going to Peru. Really easy to read history book.Published 18 months ago by Will
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