Chapter two describes the pre-Classic Maya region, from the earliest human settlement, through the influence of the Olmec and of Teotihuacan, to the rise of cities such as Nakbe and El Mirador. Chapters four and five cover the Classic period, recounting stories of leaders and wars and the founding and failure of dynasties which give Maya history the personal element we are accustomed to in (say) Mediterranean history. A separate chapter looks at Classic Maya religion, astronomy and mythology — and at life away from the monuments and records of rulers. Lost Chronicles continues with an account of the combined environmental and social collapse which ended the Classic period around 900 AD, the rise of new cities in northern Yucatan, and suggestions of a change to more distributed power structures. The final chapter traces the history of the Maya from the Spanish conquest, through the "last city" of Tayasal and the Caste War, down to the present.
Lost Chronicles of the Maya Kings also has a nice collection of colour photographs.