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The Incas

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The great empire of the Incas at its height encompassed an area of western South America comparable in size to the Roman Empire in Europe. This book describes and explains its extraordinary progress from a remote Andean settlement near Lake Titicaca to its rapid demise six centuries later at the hands of the Spanish conquerors.
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Paperback, 391 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Blackwell Publishers (first published February 2002)
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John Caviglia
Written by the leading expert, this tome is concise, up to date, and very thoroughly scholarly, with a 40 page bibliography that will enable you to further pursue all the known recesses of this empire. Less a must for tourists than for Incaphiles.
Linda Harkins
Most informative! Unfortunately, Craig Morris passed away before this was published in 2011, but Adriana von Hagen completed the work. Morris excavated one of the largest Inca centers at Huánuco Pampa, site of a large palace with stones artfully carved and placed. Machu Picchu is described as a city of stairways placed high above the Urubamba river in a spectacular setting inaccessible to Spanish invaders. Although Hiram Bingham is credited with the discovery of Machu Picchu, its existence was k...more
I picked this book to listen to in part because the history that I was taught of central and south America was basically a fly by of sorts, revealing not much detail covered at great speed.

Pizarro's invasion and take over of the Inca empire makes a hell of a lot more sense in the context of him arriving shortly after bitter civil war for control of the empire. Roughly half of the empire was basically sitting this one out and it was only later that the hatred of the two factions of each other was...more
Jason Golomb
The Incas is a very detailed and enlightening view into the world of the Incas. The book is well researched and and appropriate for anyone looking to go beyond the tales of Machu Picchu and the Spanish Conquest.

D'Altroy uses a wealth of resources to detail the lives and existence of the Incas - day-to-day living, military and family structures, economy, etc.

The writing is comfortable enough for even the non-academic.

Highly recommended.
Oct 15, 2010 Andrea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Andrea by: Paloma Visscher
The amount of DAltroy's research - and his ability to synthesize existing sources of information - is astounding. The text is an excellent introduction to the Incas. However, it is dense, dry, and unsuitable for freshmen! Great for a history, archaeology, or anthropology course, but I recommend The Incas: New Perspectives if you're looking for a more lighthearted romp with the Incas.
accessibly written and thorough. d'altroy's book hits all the bases and gives a solid foundation for inca studies. for those looking to know more, the source material & bibliography are still going to be invaluable.
Katty Stock
Gives me knowledge. Kinda boring but it is assigned reading. Wish it had more summaries at the end of each chapter because sometimes I can't remember what i have been reading.
Plenty of information in one condensed volume. Maybe just a bit dry, in the academic manner, but that impression is probably due to my latent attention deficiency.
Interesting, comprehensive and maybe a bit dry. Definitely worth it if you're interested in the Incas, but not for casual reading.
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