This is a delightful romp through key formative events that shaped our popular passion for all things ancient Egyptian. Bob Brier’s always entertaining style keeps the pace moving, yet manages to inform and educate with historical context as well. Not many scholars today can write with equal comfort about Napoleon’s invasion and King Tut’s Party Mix, the harrowing tale of towing an obelisk to London and ‘Cleopatra had a jazz band.’
Ancient Egypt has captivated people from Caesar to Cher and this entertaining and highly readable account by television’s ‘Mr. Mummy,’ Bob Brier is an informative and engaging overview of the subject. From its engaging forward by none other than Egypt’s premier archaeologist, Zahi Hawass to its discussion of the ‘King Tut’ exhibition, ‘Egytomania’ chronicles every aspect of the subject including cigarette packs, Boris Karloff and the thrilling and sometimes harrowing effects to move the great obelisks.
[A] dazzling array of age-old mysteries.
Brier obviously knows his subject and is impassioned by it. Readers who enjoy history or true-crime stories will be intrigued by this work.
A fascinating blend of ancient history, forensic medicine, and ratiocinative detective work.
[Brier’s] writing is clear and workmanlike...even a mystery dating to the 14th century B.C. is subject to engrossing examination.
...one of the world’s foremost authorities on mummies.
[Mr. Brier is] a world-renowned Egyptologist who has spent his life researching mummies around the world — earning him the nickname Mr. Mummy.
The author’s prose is lucid, aided by drawings and photos, and the theories are intriguing.
It’s a plausible theory, well-illustrated, and makes a useful addition to the always seductive study of pyramids...An intriguing new twist to an old enigma.
Fascinating and informative reading.
...an excellent overview.
...intended for both serious researchers and lay readers.
...almost impossible to put down!
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