The Last Days of the Incas Half a millennium ago, a small group of Spaniards tricked, manipulated, and murdered their way to total domination over the Peruvian Incas. In his thrillingly… The Last Days of the Incas Half a millennium ago, a small group of Spaniards tricked, manipulated, and murdered their way to total domination over the Peruvian Incas. In his thrillingly… 2007-05-29 History Nonfiction Simon & Schuster
Book Review

The Last Days of the Incas (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 29, 2007; Writer: Kim MacQuarrie; Genres: History, Nonfiction; Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Half a millennium ago, a small group of Spaniards tricked, manipulated, and murdered their way to total domination over the Peruvian Incas. In his thrillingly informative The Last Days of the Incas, Kim MacQuarrie relates how, with the help of metal weapons, artillery, disease, and horses (''the mobile tanks of the conquest''), the Spanish subdued a native populace despite being outnumbered nearly 10,000 to 1. In addition to writing rousing and clear-eyed battle accounts and describing the Incas' early form of guerrilla warfare, MacQuarrie also manages to spin the oft-told story of the discovery of Machu Picchu into narrative gold. A-

Originally posted May 25, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints