Conquest by Hugh Thomas
Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico

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Drawing on newly discovered sources and writing with brilliance, drama, and profound historical insight, Hugh Thomas presents an engrossing narrative of one of the most significant events of Western history.

Ringing with the fury of two great empires locked in an epic battle, Conquest captures in extraordinary detail the Mexican and Spanish civilizations and offers unprecedented in-depth portraits of the legendary opponents, Montezuma and Cortés. Conquest is an essential work of history from one of our most gifted historians.

About Hugh Thomas

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Hugh Thomas is the author of The Spanish Civil War, Conquest, and many other books. A former Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies (U.K.), he was made Lord Thomas of Swinnerton in 1981. He is currently a University Professor at Boston University. He lives in London.
Published April 16, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 832 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Thomas does not shy away from cataloguing the many flaws of Cortes, whose brutality to native peoples triggered a bitter home-front debate on whether forcibly converting heathen practitioners of human sacrifice could be justified.

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Frank, editor of the underground cultural-criticism journal The Baffler, stops short of claiming that advertising invented the counterculture, but he adroitly illuminates the intricacies behind familiar stories about the '60s by revealing how completely these ads, aimed at the hip consumer, harmo...

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British historian Thomas's epic, spellbinding narrative history of conquistador Hernan Cortes's destruction of Montezuma's Aztec empire is a stunning meditation on Christian Spain's cataclysmic encounter with native American civilization.

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London Review of Books

One of the strangest recurring moments in the Spanish invasion of the Americas was the reading of the Requerimiento, the Requisition, a document which both proclaimed possession of a territory and converted its natives into subjects of the Spanish Crown;

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Thomas Frank’s The Conquest of Cool successfully reframes the traditional perception of the Sixties counterculture: that it represented a rebellion against the consumption-oriented values of “mass society.” Frank’s purpose is to demonstrate that Madison Avenue and consumption-based industries suc...

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