Good book about Ramses II?
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My husband has asked for a good book about Egyptian Pharaohs in general, or Ramses II in particular, as a Christmas gift. He's the historian, and I'm a little bit out of my element. I would be most grateful if you folks could make a suggestion or two if there's a particularly good volume that I should consider. I'd really appreciate your help.
Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt With 350 Illustrations by Peter A. Clayton
Pharaoh Triumphant by Kenneth Kitchen is written in a colloquial style but covers all the bases. And few scholars know the period better than Kitchen does.
Aidan Dodson has written a number of semi-popular books covering different periods in Egyptian history; two recent titles are Amarna Sunset and Poisoned Legacy. Be careful about accepting everything he says, though--he does have a tendency to produce hypotheses about political factions or personal relationships and then treat those ideas as established fact.
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