The Last Days of the Incas

The Last Days of the Incas Kim MacQuarrie lived in Peru for five years and became fascinated by the Incas and the history of the Spanish conquest Drawing on both native and Spanish chronicles he vividly describes the dramatic

  • Title: The Last Days of the Incas
  • Author: Kim MacQuarrie
  • ISBN: 9780743260497
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Kim MacQuarrie lived in Peru for five years and became fascinated by the Incas and the history of the Spanish conquest Drawing on both native and Spanish chronicles, he vividly describes the dramatic story of the conquest, with all its savagery and suspense This authoritative, exciting history is among the most powerful and important accounts of the culture of the SouthKim MacQuarrie lived in Peru for five years and became fascinated by the Incas and the history of the Spanish conquest Drawing on both native and Spanish chronicles, he vividly describes the dramatic story of the conquest, with all its savagery and suspense This authoritative, exciting history is among the most powerful and important accounts of the culture of the South American Indians and the Spanish Conquest.

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    1. Kim MacQuarrie

      Kim MacQuarrie is an award winning author, a documentary filmmaker, and an anthropologist He s won multiple national Emmy awards for documentary films made in such disparate regions as Siberia, Papua New Guinea, and Peru MacQuarrie is the author of four books on Peru and lived in that country for five years, exploring many of its hidden regions During that time, MacQuarrie lived with a recently contacted tribe of indigenous ians, called the Yora It was MacQuarrie s experience filming a nearby group of indigenous people, whose ancestors still remembered their contacts with the Inca Empire, that ultimately led him to investigate and then to write his book, The Last Days of the Incas The book was selected as a notable book by the Kiriyama Prize Committee in 2008 and as an Outstanding Title by CHOICE Current Reviews for Academic Libraries It is currently being made into a 13 part dramatic series by the FX Channel has been published in eight languages MacQuarrie s latest book, Life and Death in the Andes On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries, is due out on Dec 1, 2015 with Simon Schuster In his latest book, the author travels from Colombia 4,500 miles down the length of the Andes to the tip of Patagonia while investigating such disparate characters as Pablo Escobar, Che Guevara, Charles Darwin, Butch Cassidy the Sundance Kid, Thor Heyerdahl of Kon Tiki fame , and even an Incan Ice Maiden, sacrificed than 500 years ago on top of a 20,000 foot volcano, but still perfectly preserved.


    1. As a Peruvian I feel really sorry for what happened at that time. It looks that I am a kind of witness when reading this bookThank you Mr. MacQuarrie. I can picture each scene. Also, the books makes me reflect of how the Inca empire was affected deeply by this gang, I believe it was because the empire was divided in many ways for power. Spaniards were lucky finding a place like this. Racism, killing, stealing, lying were their heritage left, among others. Three centuries later, it is interesting [...]

    2. This is a very well-researched, very well-written history book about a period and culture I knew very little about: the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire in South America. Though I would not go so far as to say it read like a novel, certain parts did, especially when the author was creating a “hook” to introduce the next series of events. I understand he’s an Emmy award-winning documentarian, so he knows how to tell a story. If the author ever decides to adapt this book into film, the pr [...]

    3. The Last Days of the Incas is a terrifically readable history of the Spanish conquest of the Incas and Peru. Whereas John Hemming's Conquest of the Incas is the definitive modern history, MacQuarrie brings to bear a more narrative and engaging approach.Last Days is historically thorough, but MacQuarrie writes many of the incidents of the conquest in a more fictional style. Often scenes are are qualified with comments like "Undoubtedly, Pizarro felt such-and-such," or "No doubt Manco looked out o [...]

    4. This is a fascinating, epic (22 hours on audio) history of the invasion of the Spanish conquistadors into the Andes in the early 16th century. It's chilling to learn details of the "conquest" of the Incan empire. The Spaniards, led by the 5 Pizarro brothers, initially came in minuscule numbers, and were often outnumbered in their battles by factors of 10,000 to 1 or more. But they slaughtered the natives with impunity, rarely suffering casualties. They had horses, armor, and steel - innovations [...]

    5. I read a fair amount of history but the ancient peoples of Central and South America are some of my blindspots. This may not have been the best place to start since the book, obviously, deals with the end of the Incas but I did learn quite a few facts that have piqued my interest in what led up to their demise as an empire.Seems the Incas were actually conquerors themselves and made up a very small minority of the actual population. They had defeated all the surrounding tribes and were considere [...]

    6. Awesome read. I grew up hearing all kinds of things about Cortes conquering the Mexica (or Aztecs). The stories of Tenochtitlan and the fighting on its causeways were amazing. But I really knew very little about Pizzaro and the Inca. If the Mexica were basically a loose conglomeration of city-states, the Inca were a world-class empire stretching for over a thousand miles down the Andes and even over the mountains into the rainforest. As pure story, the Spanish saga with the Inca makes that of th [...]

    7. A great book for anybody planning a trip to Peru, especially those who will make the journey to Cuzco and Machu Picchu. This history book tells the story of both the Spanish conquest of the Incan Empire, as well as the history of the archaeological rediscovery of the ruins of that empire. An easy to read history, that reads more like a novel, it is full of adventure and information. A fascinating story, and one that is extremely well told.

    8. In September 2010, we visited Peru, the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and in particular Machu Picchu -- the so-called "Lost City of the Incas". It was a wonderful trip, and piqued my curiosity enough to want to learn something of the history of how the Conquistadors ("Conquerers" in Spanish) defeated the Incas, an empire of approximately 10 million, with only ~160 Spaniards. I looked for a book that would be interesting, informative, and not too dry, and found this book. I just finished reading it a few [...]

    9. This topic represents another in a long list of things I know virtually nothing about. I am generally skeptical of historical books that describe long-ago events with the level of detail that is provided here. It simply strains credibility, in my view, to re-create conversations that took place in the Andean mountains centuries ago, especially when the records from the time are virtually non-existent. The author seems particularly in tune with this skepticism, as he qualifies his writing several [...]

    10. very well researched, told with enthusiasm and clarity. surprising and important portray of how brutal the spanish were and how similar the two empires were. a few facts that may surprise: the inca empire was only 90 years old when the Spanish arrived, the original conquest was conducted by a small 'private corporation' of conquistadors given license by the Spanish monarchy to practice piracy and terrorism upon indigenous populations, and many others. my only complaint was the repetitive style, [...]

    11. Historical fiction is not my usual cup of tea, but I read this to prepare myself for our upcoming trip to Machu Picchu. I really liked it, much to my surprise. The beginning and the end were a bit slow, as the author seemed interested in disecting the motives and methods of the explorers who discovered Machu Picchu and other Inca sites. (who cares?? I'm not a historian or an archeologist, so I didn't) But in the middle, where the Inca story and the Spanish conquest story were recreated, I was to [...]

    12. I listened to this while I travelled to Peru and visited Machu Picchu in August 2015. Fascinating (and at times heartbreaking) retelling of the Spanish conquest of Peru and twentieth-century rediscovery of key Inca ruins.

    13. Rather than rehash the general timeline of the book, I thought I would include the more interesting things that caught my attention in the book.1. "Although the popular myth is that conquistadors were professional soldiers sent out and financed by the Spanish king in order to extend the emerging Spanish Empire, nothing could have been further from the truth. In reality, the Spaniards who bought passages on ships headed for the New World formed a representative sample of their compatriots back ho [...]

    14. I picked up "The Last Days of the Incas" after visiting Lima, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley for the first time. And man, I only wish I would've read this before going there – it will change completely your perspective on everything you see there. The book is an exhilarating, highly-readable account of the Inca empire and its demise after a long, protracted war lasting more than four decades. MacQuarrie does a magnificent job at tracing the "encounter" of Pizarro and his first legion of Spaniards [...]

    15. This is a thoroughly researched and easy to read assessment of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. MacQuarrie doesn't pull any punches, detailing the atrocities that the Spanish inflicted on the Incan population, while also emphasising that the Inca were themselves colonists. The Inca Empire as an EMPIRE existed for less than 100 years. Prior to their dramatic push for land, the Inca were predominantly a pastoral society. But one charismatic leader changed all that. It's an interesting look [...]

    16. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and learned so much about the Inca Empire and the Spanish conquest of Peru. I found my background lacking in this history and this book has whet my appetite to learn more. MacQuarrie sets each scene vividly for the reader, so that I could imagine myself watching a documentary with full color pictures as I read. I would love to have the chance to visit in person.

    17. MacQuarrie's work explores the history of the Inca empire from the 16th century arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, to the re-discovery of the ruined cities in the 20th century. I found it near impossible to put the book down once Atahualpa had been captured. But, not only was the story engrossing, but the events of the Spanish conquest were so terrible that they fill your dreams with imaginings of "what-if" longings for a better world. By the time the book winds down, you find yourself enjoyi [...]

    18. A great and very readable account of the Pizarros' conquest of the Incan Empire. Whatever you might think of the Pizarro brothers, those men had balls the size of Texas. I got the strong sense that the (spanish-centric) primary sources MacQuarrie relies on were downplaying the number and significance of native auxiliaries in the many uneven battles won by the Spaniards, but there is no question that--for sheer audacity alone--the campaign of conquest rivals the tale of Xenophon's Anabasis. I was [...]

    19. MacQuarrie lived and engaged in an enormous amount of research in Peru over a period of five years. Consequently, this informative tome is his most recent of four books about Peru's history and culture. Indeed, this book is both powerful and transformative and a "must read" for somebody like me who knows little about South America.The author graphically describes the brutal and heart-wrenching practices of colonialism in Peru. Its indigenous peoples suffered unnecessarily at the hands of the con [...]

    20. If there is any period of history that may have inspired George RR Martin's bloody Medieval fantasy series, "A Song Of Fire and Ice," it is the Spanish conquest of Peru, 1531-1572. Violent conflicts, deceit, rape, incest, power politics,personal betrayal, a clash of civilizations and empires, all here. In every epic there are heroes and villains, and had Kim MacQuarrie written this book a hundred or so years earlier undoubtedly the conquistador Francisco Pizarro and his four brothers, Hernando, [...]

    21. The book jacket introduces Kim MacQuarrie as a filmmaker who lived among Peruvian Indians for 5 years. Both experiences color his writing, but mostly for the benefit of the reader. The history he relates of the interaction between the first Spanish conquistadors and the Incas reads like a Hollywood film. I can almost picture the marquee: Tom Cruise in the Last of the Incas.But history is almost always at least as exciting as fiction and this is certainly entertaining reading. The Spanish conquis [...]

    22. This is an excellent book, and does a superb job in detailing the last years of the Inca Empire. Kim has done a marvellous job in bringing the last years of the Inca Empire. I had read about this vaguely, but this brought a whole new world to life. He has been balanced in his approach, and while he undoubtedly indicts the Spanish for their appalling behaviour, he does, subtly, show that they were brave (but, cruel) men, who had no respect for the Inca culture. This is, however, not restricted to [...]

    23. I read this book before, during and after a trip to Machu Picchu. If you read it, you will want to go to Peru, which I would also recommend. The book lays out the 30+ years battle between the Spaniards coming to South America in the 1500's seeking gold and new territory and the Incas who were currently dominant in the area. The author relies on both native and Spanish chronicles and, while it is based on these accounts, he also tells it as a modern-day adventure, making it very vivid and interes [...]

    24. I read this book in 2010, because I wanted to learn about Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of Peru. I read it again a mere five years later (which is a very uncommon thing for me to do) because I wanted to refresh my memory regarding what I had learned about the people he conquered. This time around I definitely paid more attention to the geography of Peru, among other things. Both times, however, it was a great read. It's rare that a book that covers a period that's centuries in the past comes [...]

    25. The author clearly did his research. His attention to detail allowed me to picture the scenes in my mind. I listened to the audio version of this book. As I'm mulling the book over, I feel sad. It seems that the end result is much heartache. Everyone basically ended up with nothing. Francisco Pizarro and his brothers may have been successful at capturing cities and gathering gold and fame, but in the end, they lost it all. Obviously the Incas lost basically everything as well. Toward the end of [...]

    26. 3.5 stars. As the title indicates, this book tells the story of Pizarro's arrival in Peru and the Incas' initial acceptance of and then war against the conquistadors. With good reason the book is sympathetic to the Inca people; normally I really love and admire Spanish colonial architecture, but now that I know about how horribly the Spanish treated the native people, I'm going to have a much harder time appreciating the colonial sites when I go to Peru.This was an engaging read that has given m [...]

    27. Books are the ultimate travel companion. The right book can color or inform a trip. And the experience of existing in an unfamiliar space opens the mind to the ideas in a book. A case of the sum being greater than the parts.My reading experience was certainly enhanced by the fact that I'm living ten blocks from the square where much of the action took place, but I would heartily recommend this book to anyone regardless of their physical location. The story is incredible (if this book were fictio [...]

    28. The incredible Spanish conquest of the Inca empire is fascinating. How could 150 men take on 100,000 Inca warriors? MacQuarrie lays out the answer in a very clear and concise manner. Still, I felt like I was watching an one dimensional history documentary. Half way through I realized, “I’m not emotionally vested with either side!” For the most part, rich detail is lacking in her story-telling. Contrary to that last statement, MacQuarrie would occasionally blurt out an imagined micro detail [...]

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