by Edward Hyams and George Ordish; 1963 copyright; Dorset Press publishers, New York; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
An authoritative account of the Inca empire: its rulers, and their queens, its unique social structure, its cultural achievements, and of its downfall. The authors bring alive a nation whose grandeur is now vanished except in relics like the famed mountaintop ruins of Cuzco. With comparisons to modern politics, economics and human behavior, they illuminate the story of the Incas as brightly as the gold coveted by their Spanish conquerors. That story reaches its dramatic peak with the final conflict between the emperor Athahualpa and Pizarro--a conflict between two men but also a conflict between two versions of civilization.