Wilkinson marshals a wealth of detail into a cohesive and entertaining narrative. The result is an essential portrait of how the rediscovery of '[Egypt's] ancient past paved the way for its modern rebirth.'. The Rise and Fall of Ancient EgyptWall Street JournalNew York TimesLos Angeles TimesWashington PostSunday TimesObserverThe Rise and Fall of Ancient EgyptThe Times. Toby Wilkinson is the author of A World Beneath the Sands and the New York Times best-selling The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History. He is the deputy vice chancellor of the University of Lincoln in England.. From the decipherment of hieroglyphics in 1822 to the discovery of Tutankhamuns tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon a hundred years later, the uncovering of Egypts ancient past took place in an atmosphere of grand adventure and international rivalry.A World Beneath the Sands
Enjoyable and Fascinating A rollicking journey of the discoveries, politics and people of Egypt from Napoleon to Carter and those in between whose names have been lost to time. I’m sure this book could have been a lot longer than it is but I wouldn’t have minded. I especially liked the stories of Amelia Edwards and Lucy Duff Gordon. A must for all Egypt enthusiasts.
An excellent overview A fascinating romp through the history of Egyptology with particular emphasis on its formative years from the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt in 1798 to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922. This is a wonderful overview of the subject that I hope will inspire some to enquire further into this intriguing area of history. I very much enjoyed Toby Wilkinson's earlier book "The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt" and this new book is also written in an engaging style that will appeal to the lay reader.
A rare gem of a book I admit this is my favorite type of book: it combines cultural history, anthropology, philosophy, political science, and presents it as an eminently readable narrative of intellectual adventure, experienced vicariously from the comfort of one's chair or sofa in late evening, with a cup of tea nearby. This book is explicitly erudite- it WILL make you more informed, both in general terms and in your thinking, and will thus enoble your mind and make you a better person. Naturally, reading it is good fun, and, more importantly, is not a waste of time, which is rare and should be cherished when encountered. Enjoy! Hope this helps. Cheers!
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