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The Aztec Treasure House

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This text features essays on the advances made in anthropology, archaeology, astronomy and linguistics, stories of the Anasazi, the old ones of the southwestern desert and tales of the great explorers, eccentrics, dreamers, scientists, cranks and geniuses.
Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 26th 2002 by Counterpoint (first published 2001)
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Sep 03, 2011 Nicholas Ozment rated it really liked it
History is not often this enjoyable, so wryly is it told by the imaginative, enlightened—and enlightening—Evan S. Connell.

These twenty essays chronicle humanity’s insatiable curiosity for finding things—everything from the missing link to the northwest passage to the south pole to El Dorado to the philosopher’s stone. Here folly and bravery are unearthed in stranger-than-fiction accounts of eccentric individuals who filled in the maps back when much of the world beyond one’s borders was full of
Oct 24, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
Terrific -- a real Cabinet of Wonders, full of erudite and fascinating information about man's search for knowledge. Full review up at Like Fire.
Mar 01, 2011 RUSA CODES rated it it was amazing
This was one of the 2002 RUSA Notable Books winners. For the complete list, go to
Nov 10, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Connell brings a lot of the same dry humor to these essays as he does to his novels. It's nice to read out of my comfort zone for a change.
Oct 02, 2008 John rated it it was amazing
Intriguing collection of well-written essays on a wide range of subjects. Highly recommended.
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Evan S. Connell, over the last half century, has published nineteen books of fiction, poetry, and essays, several of which—including the best-sellers Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge, and the erudite, anecdotal, and totally unique nonfiction book Son of the Morning Star—are American classics. I've admired his work for many years, since first reading Diary of a Rapist, and was happy for a chance to inter ...more
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