Witness to the Age of Revolution: The Odyssey of Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru

Charles F. Walker (Author) Liz Clarke (Author)

Product Details

Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date
September 01, 2020
6.9 X 9.9 X 0.7 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Charles F. Walker is Professor of History and the Director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of The Tupac Amaru Rebellion, named one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times, among other works on Latin American history.

Liz Clarke is a professional illustrator based in Cape Town, South Africa.


"Some stories, like the incredible odyssey of Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru, have to be seen to be believed. From his youth in the heart of the Incan Andes, where his half-brother led the massive indigenous struggle that nearly dislodged the Spanish Empire, to his decades-long exile in Spain and Morocco, where he befriended veterans of late-eighteenth and early nineteenth-century revolutions and wars of independence, and, finally, to his liberation in Argentina, where he was cast as a hero and encouraged to write his memoirs, this beautifully rendered graphic account of Juan Bautista's amazing journey is a vivid reminder that history offers epic dramas as riveting as any we might imagine." -- Vincent Brown, author of Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War

"From unlikely protagonists, off-center pathways, and the most forgotten corners of the late colonial Spanish world, Walker and Clarke draw a vivid and compelling story." -- Kenneth Mills, University of Michigan

"The life and times of an Inca 'Papillon, ' witness to, and participant in the Age of Revolutions and the creation of modern Latin America. This beautifully illustrated and historically accurate graphic history of Tupac Amaru's brother and his controversial book makes this tragic history come alive." -- Stuart B. Schwartz, Yale University

"Witness to the Age of Revolution is a perfect text to allow students and scholars to engage with Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru's harrowing journey. This colorful graphic edition brings alive a forgotten piece of history and will allow the reader to see and feel the towering peaks of the Andes, the violence of the revolution, and the cruelty of forty years in captivity." -- Sarah E. Owens, author of Nuns Navigating the Spanish Empire

"In this riveting, original, and sumptuously illustrated book, the remarkable and surprising transatlantic life of Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru is vividly reconstructed for students and scholars alike. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the Age of Revolutions." -- Gabriel Paquette, University of Oregon

"Juan Bautista's compelling story of resistance and survival is re-told by a master historian and illustrated in an active and energetic style that draws the reader and the viewer deep into the world of people who fought long and hard to topple a powerful empire that once spanned the globe. Students and teachers of rebellion and revolution and anyone with an interest in Latin American and Spanish history and culture will want to follow the gripping account of this rebel and the travails that he endured attempting to free his people from imperialism. This is history as the story of action and the triumph of hope." -- Leo J. Garofalo, co-author of Documenting Latin America: Gender, Race, and Empire