Mastering the Glyphs

Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs
by Camilla Townsend. Oxford University Press, 320 pp., $29.95; $21.95 (paper)

The Aztecs: Lost Civilizations by Frances F. Berdan. Reaktion, 232 pp., $25.00

Conquistadores: A New History of Spanish Discovery and Conquest by Fernando Cervantes. Viking, 493 pp., $35.00

Deciphering Aztec Hieroglyphs: A Guide to Nahuatl Writing by Gordon Whittaker. University of California Press, 210 Pp., $34.95

J. H. Elliott, NYR, 02.12.2021