In this comprehensive survey, updated for this new edition, Henderson explores the entire Maya cultural tradition, from the earliest traces of settlement through the period of the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. His wide-ranging account treats diverse aspects of the Maya world, from religion and philosophy to the environments of the various Maya peoples, using deciphered Maya texts to reconstruct the ancient societies.
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"The best full-length, up-to-date overview of Maya archaeology available today." (Choice)
"A superb, panoramic view of the entire history and extent of Maya culture....This book...could be taken as a model of its kind." (Art Book Review)
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"Not for the layman"
I was interested in this title because I visited Tikal and Copan recently. I was hoping for more general knowledge on the Mayan culture. This is much more for specialists. It almost seems like a doctoral dissertation. Unless you find comparing and contrasting stelae from the late pre-classical period to those of the late classical period fascinating, avoid this. It will put you to sleep. The reader has a very dry, academic tone that just makes this a completely joyless listen. Too much work for too little useful, interesting knowledge.
"A little boring"
I was looking for something that talked about the Mayan Culture and explained it in a way that let you understand it. However, this one was mundane and while it was insightful, and gave alot of information, the reader sounded even bored at times with the information.
This is a straight up textbook, it is written for the historian and probably not for someone who wants a general look at history.
"A dull college lecture"
Author delivered a thesis for a professional audience. I needed a story for person interested in history. Also needed a map to "see" the Myan world
Yes. A delivery to a professional audience. Dull.
First audio book I was disappointed in.
This books gives new meaning to the word redundant.
"Extraordinarily detailed, not a simple summary"
This is a remarkable book but not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for a true and thorough compendium of the story of the ancient Maya this book, printed or on audible will stun you with a tightly woven and thorough penetration of the subject. That said if you want a simple summary with a little detail this is not The book for you. I bought the book after starting with audible because, while the reader is extremely professional, the text Though very well written is so dense with the Numerous references that it can be difficult to follow. Overall I was looking for the remarkable detail presented by Henderson and was thrilled by the presentation. Do not buy or download this book if you do not want to know the detailed and remarkable story of the Maya culture in life, like any truly penetrating work of science or history, a genuinely curious reader must find works like this one and then be prepared to do a little work to capture the intricacy.
"Yada Yada Yada Yada"
Anyone who likes to hear others speak or write without saying anything. I came to this book after a very exhilarating and exciting visit to the Mayan ruins in the Yucatan. I wanted to learn more. I didn't want to be led in endless circles of bafflegab.
I'll cleanse my abused literary palate on something fresh and interesting. I'm going to try The Boys in the Boat. Hoping for the best.
The narrator spoke with a very punctuated accent that made it very difficult to set the volume, especially in my car. If I set it so I could hear the words between the emphasized syllables those emphatic barks almost blew my speakers. If I toned it down so the punctuated bits were tolerable, the others were unintelligible mumbles. In better acoustic conditions it was okay, but the contrast of the dull material and punctuated even excited delivery gave the impression that the narrator thought this jumble of words was actually interesting. Very confusing. This book deserves to be read by a monotone monk, not someone who thought she was reading an exciting spy thriller.
I would cut the whole mess. I have read extensively about history, both modern and archaeological. I've studied the Aztecs, the Incas and the Spanish conquest. The Mayan culture seems steeped in mystery and interest. Yet this book almost extinguished my interest without satisfying any of my questions. I almost forgot why this culture matters to me. I'll keep looking, but I need some time to recover from this mush.
Don't let this awful book dissuade you from learning about this mysterious and interesting culture.
"For the seriously interested only"
This good, thorough book can also be kind of dry and pedantic. Really interesting stuff if you're already into Maya history and culture, but maybe select something else if you're just dabbling.
Stories, intrigue, better reading.
No. All other books are superior to this one.
Great subject! And it was very thorough in including detailed data.
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