Why did I love this book?
An astonishing and infuriating book about betrayal, treachery, and superior technology. Being introduced to the complexities of the Inca culture, religion, and government, along with the economics (and religious sops to those economics) driving the Spainards makes for a tense and gripping story. I called it “infuriating” because, knowing how those populations would be decimated by disease and slavery, reading about the ways they were betrayed was really tough. By telling the story with such detail (the research behind it must have been staggering) makes it new, alive, and ultimately heart-breaking.