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In an astonishing work of scholarship that reads like an adventure thriller, historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures.

It was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish expire but to convert the natives to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story. In Tenochtitlán, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, and commander of the most powerful military in the Americas. Yet in less than two years, Cortés defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astounding battles ever waged. 

The story of a lost kingdom, a relentless conqueror, and a doomed warrior, Conquistador is history at its most riveting.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Drawing heavily on both Spanish and Aztec sources…Levy gives a straightforward telling of the entire story…Well-written…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Lively account of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In Buddy Levy’s finely wrought and definitive Conquistador, the worlds of Cortes and Montezuma collide and come to life…Prodigiously researched and stirringly told.”

    Jeremy Schaap, author of Triumph

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brian | 3/30/2011

    " A great example of history writing: great prose, accurate in its facts, compelling, giving enough sense of the characters as people with limited judgment (though its hard not to dislike Cortes for his brutality and colonial arrogance). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fara | 3/18/2011

    " A fascinating look at how Cortes and his handful of conquistadors managed to take control of one of the largest empires on earth at that time. A fascinating personality study of Cortes the man, and of Montezuma, of what we can know of him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mati | 12/6/2010

    " This true story of the conquest of the Aztecs blew my mind. It is so griping, wild, violent, and shattering as to only reflect the scope of empires crashing in who's wake we all still live. Cortes is Both hero and insatiably vicious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Loren | 11/26/2010

    " Outstanding book if you don't know much about this area of history. The writing is first rate, it's thorough but doesn't feel dense or too heavy. Great first choice for those who wish to learn about the Conquest of the Aztecs "

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About the Author
Author Buddy Levy

Buddy Levy’s writing has appeared in national, international, and regional publications, as well as on a variety of web sites. His first book is Echoes on Rimrock: In Pursuit of the Chukar Partridge, and he is also the author of American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett. As a journalist, Levy has written for GRB Entertainment, Eco-Challenge Productions, and the Discovery Channel, and he has been a correspondent for MountainZone.com. His feature writing has appeared in a wide range of magazines and literary journals, including the Utne Reader, SKI, Northern Lights, Big Sky Journal,Backpacker, Runner’s World, and Writer’s Digest. Levy’s essay “Leaps of Faith” was nominated for a 2006 Pushcart Prize. A clinical assistant professor, Buddy teaches writing and literature at Washington State University.