Horizon grandeur suits the occasion and gives dimension to a diligent, straightforward account of the Conquest. Pictured are not only the artifacts of the culture destroyed but also the impressions of the conquerors and the misconceptions of their contemporaries. The narrative spans the period from Pizarro's first reconnoitering expeditions to the civil wars and the downfall of his last remaining brother, and includes a concise description of Inca society and its historical development. The authors' stance is dispassionate; when excesses occur, they take note without apology. Altogether a worthwhile presentation, and, surprisingly, the only full-scale history (or quasi-biography) for older kids.