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The Last Days of the Incas Paperback – Illustrated, June 5, 2008

4.7 out of 5 stars 459 ratings

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Editorial Reviews

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“A welcome addition to the literature…Lively and dramatic” – The Washington Post

"Vivid...energetic...fascinating...riveting"--Publisher's Weekly, STARRED Review

"In this thrilling informative work...MacQuarrie also manages to spin the oft-told story of the discovery of Machu Picchu into narrative gold." --Entertainment Weekly

"Thoroughly and entertainingly recounted...MacQuarrie excels." --Forbes

"A first-rate...work of ambitious scope that will most likely stand as the definitive account of these people."—Booklist

"Fascinating and enthralling...the direct narrative brings alive people who existed 500 years ago. Truly a work worth Inca gold." -- The History Magazine

"The Last Days of the Incas reads like a novel...a delightful, eminently readable account." -- St. Petersburg Times

"Hooks the reader right away with its flowing, novelistic language...a ripping good yarn. And [it] would make a great movie, too." -- The Roanoke Times

Kim MacQuarrie's detailed, gripping account of the destruction wreaked by Spanish conquistadors following their arrival in the Incan empire in 1532 is a stand-out read. It's compelling, brutal and hugely revealing about the plight of the Incan people. – History Revealed

“A skillful mix of extensive research, insightful analysis, and masterful storytelling.”  -- CHOICE (Current Reviews for Academic Libraries)

“Sensitive…heart-wrenching…astounding”  -- The South American Explorer Magazine

"This is an excellent book...a detailed, highly accurate and thoroughly engaging narrative of these events" -- Dr. Brian S Bauer, Inca specialist, University of Illinois at Chicago, The Historian

"This is a wonderful book about one of the most epic struggles of history, a conquest that transformed a continent." -- Wade Davis, anthropologist and author of “One River” and “Into the Silence”

"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. “The Last Days of the Incas” is historical writing at its best." -- Broughton Coburn, author of “Everest: Mountain Without Mercy”

"The Last Days of the Incas surprises, delivers history, and reads like a great yarn. I've read yards of books on the Incas, but this one took me out of the classroom and into that long-lost world." -- Keith Bellows, Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler

"The story of the European conquest of the fascinating and fabulously rich empire of the Incas is one of history's most engaging and tragic episodes...Thanks to The Last Days of the Incas, Kim MacQuarrie's superbly written new treatment of the subject, it is now accessible to the much broader audience it deserves." -- Vincent Lee, author of “Forgotten Vilcabamba”

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A History and Military Book Club selection, a Kiriyama Prize "Notable Book," and an "Outstanding Academic Title" selected by CHOICE (Current Reviews for Academic Libraries) 

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  • Lexile Measure : 1644L
  • Item Weight : 1.33 pounds
  • Paperback : 522 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0743260503
  • ISBN-10 : 9780743260503
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Illustrated Edition (June 5, 2008)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.5 x 9.25 inches
  • ASIN : 0743260503
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 459 ratings
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