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The Story of Egypt by Joann Fletcher
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The Story of Egypt

by Joann Fletcher

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Great read. I hadn't previously warmed to Fletcher's writing because she always seemed overly ready to grasp the out of left field explanation, and her overtly feminist approach was always obvious. But this, a popular history of Egypt from pre-dynastic times to Cleopatra, more than 3000 years in just under 400 pages, is a cracking read. As well as the obvious stories of the various dynasties, individual pharaohs, their wars, their building and their tombs, she always works in a generous dollop of the views of the ordinary folk of Egypt, via scraps of papyrus, graffiti and their modest tombs. It makes for a lively story, very readable. Egyptophiles who don't want to tackle dry academic tomes will love this. ( )
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The story of the world's greatest civilization, spanning thousands of years, is full of epic stories, spectacular places, and an evolving society rich in inventors, heroes, villains, and pioneers. The story of the world's greatest civilization spans four thousand years of history that has shaped the world. It is full of spectacular cities and epic stories of a constantly evolving society peopled with inventors, heroes and heroines, villains, artisans, and pioneers. Professor Joann Fletcher pulls together the complete story of Egypt, charting the rise and fall of the ancient Egyptians while putting their whole world into a context to which we can all relate. Fletcher uncovers some fascinating revelations: new evidence shows that women became pharaohs on at least ten occasions and that the ancient Egyptians built the first Suez Canal and then circumnavigated Africa. From Ramses II's penchant for dying his grey hair to how we know that Montuhotep's chief wife bit her nails, Dr. Joann Fletcher brings alive the history and people of ancient Egypt as nobody else can.… (more)

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