As it turned out, I wound up reading the book just before we got to the topic in our school reading. Although I didn’t plan it, the timing was perfect because the book gave me a wealth of information and perspective not only about the Incas, but also about the European explorers and how the conquest was viewed by both sides.
The Last Days of the Incas is a well-written and well-paced history, and is engaging and interesting throughout in spite of its length. I appreciated reading it prior to teaching my children this part of history, but I would have read it in any case. The questions it raises about ethics, colonialism, how we view “the other” and the worth we give (or don’t give) to other people are worth considering and will keep you thinking long after you finish reading.
The Last Days of the Incas is a great way to learn more about a fascinating culture and historical period, and I highly recommend it.
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