Hernando De Soto by David Ewing Duncan
A Savage Quest in the Americas

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For the first time, a book that tells the truth about Hernando de Soto's legendary expedition across what would become the United States, where he squandered a fortune in gold won in the conquest of Peru, and drove himself slowly mad searching for a second Inca empire. Maps and line drawings.

About David Ewing Duncan

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David Ewing Duncan is the author of five books, including the international bestseller Calendar, and writes for Wired, Discover, and The Atlantic Monthly. He is a freelance producer and correspondent for ABC's Nightline, and a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition. He also writes the popular "Biotech and Creativity" column for the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2003, he won the Magazine Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Published March 12, 1996 by Crown. 570 pages
Genres: History, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction

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Hernando de Soto (called Soto by himself and his contemporaries) was born around the turn of the century in Jerez de los Caballeros, a small town in the unfriendly terrain of Extremadura in Spain.

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Ruthless conqueror of Central America and Peru's Inca empire, the Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto is sometimes portrayed as a saintly bearer of civilization, while other biographers see a brutal butcher.

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That we cannot come to grips with this final act is not truly the fault of the author, but it leaves us unsatisfied: we have not met the challenge of "untangling the real Hernando de Soto from the man of legend" (p.

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