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Warlords of the Ancient Americas: Central America (v. 1) Paperback – August, 1998

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The military leaders of the pre-Columbian empires of the Western Hemisphere included a number of distinguished warriors about which little is known and less is available to the general reader. This book begins filling the gap. Tsouras has distilled, from a wide range of sources, accounts of Smoking Frog, founder of the Mayan Empire, of numerous builders of the rule of the Mexica (known to us as the Aztecs), of Motecuhzoma II Xocoyotl (i.e., Montezuma--a bad ruler, by the way), and of the last king of the Mexica, Cuauhtemoc. Relaying their stories, he sheds much light on many intriguing subjects, among them the legend of Quetzalcoatl (both the name of a god and a title) and Native American military technology (cotton armor, it is revealed, was much tougher than you might think). The lavish illustrations almost equal the text in value, and the whole volume is a valuable reference on a subject on which material is not easy to find. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854094742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854094742
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,678,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's unfortunate that this book is out of print. Based on interpretation of primary sources ( how I was taught to write history papers ), the author covers several hundred years of Mesoamerican military history. The bulk of the book deals with the Mexica alliance in general and the Atzecs in particular. The illustrations and maps are superb. As cited elsewhere, I recommend this book in addition to Aztec, Mixtec, and Zapotec Armies and The Conquistadores by Osprey. The casual reader will gather the main points made by more scholarly and less readable works.
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