Books: Cortes & Co.

CONQUISTADOR—Archibald MacLeish— Houghton Mifflin ($2.50). To Octogenarian Bernal Diaz del Castillo, a conquistador retired to his estate in Guatemala, there came from Spain Francisco Lopez de Gomara's account of Cortes' Mexican expedition of 1519. The old lion Bernal was aroused. Who was this fine young Professor de Gomara, to be making charts out of battles and histories out of men? Old Bernal fought those battles, knew those men. He could make them live again—blood, bones, the light in their eyes, the sand in their boots. To prove it, he wrote his True...

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