This gem was collecting dust on my bookshelf for over a year. And after devouring it, what comes instantly to mind as praise are pedestrian superlatives such as wow, enthralling, fascinating, well written... Unfortunately my comments do not do justice to the breadth and presentation of this work. However, in my defense, my reaction is simply a geniune response to an excellent account of the incredible conquest of Mexico by Hernan Cortes. Historian Hugh Thomas delivers a blockbuster non-fiction read. This is the standard for non-fiction in terms of interest and readability. An added bonus: the text of my copy of this book (a Simon and Schuster paperback edition) was also appealing. The layout of the chapters, the glossy picture sections, the pictures that headed the chapters, a sumptuous presentation to this remarkable account. It is not often that I would comment on a book without offering any criticisms, but such is the case here.
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