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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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"The story of the world's greatest civilization spans 4,000 years of history that has shaped the world. It is full of spectacular cities and epic stories--an evolving society rich in inventors, heroes, 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." -- Publisher's website… (more)

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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. ( )
1 vote drmaf | May 16, 2016 |
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