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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; First Edition edition (December 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 977416637X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774166372
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a work by a man who passionately loves Egypt's past and is not afraid of controversy. There is nothing like reading a book that contains first-hand recollections and impressions, bringing to life an exacting academic topic. Dr. Hawass does this in masterly fashion."--Jaromir Malek


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Zahi Hawass is one of the world's best known Egyptologists, former Egyptian minister of state for antiquities, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He is the author of many books on ancient Egypt, including several on Tutankhamun.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JLee VINE VOICE on January 30, 2014
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This is an interesting book that I can almost heartily recommend. It should be of value to the general reader and is also a nice book for those whose studies are more specialized. Of course, a lot of the information regarding the tomb of Tutankhamun has already been published way too many times. However, much of the generally available information is now hopelessly out of date, and many so-called facts and interpretations and theories have recently been disproved. This book does include virtually all of the latest discoveries. For instance, the latest information on the fate of Nefertiti, both in a historical sense and in an archaeological sense, is included.

The information is clearly stated and easy to read. It is intended for a general audience and more technical information is absent.

The photographs are generally of good quality, but they are spread out across the page, overlapping each other. In many, the backgrounds have been Photoshopped out, leaving some odd edges. I suppose this is intended to look modern and interesting, but a more static layout would have better served the details and the aesthetic appearance. This is a small complaint, assuming you already own one of the many beautifully presented books detailing the objects in Tutankhamun’s tomb.

I purchased this book primarily because of the DNA reference in the title. The original DNA test results were expertly published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, that article was not all inclusive. I had expected to find in this new book all the results and interpretations of the DNA material of all the related mummies.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diane M. Hagner on February 12, 2014
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nice pictures, nice text, the information contained is an expansion of previous works but it is very nice to have that all in one volume
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Russ Reynoso on August 5, 2014
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Enjoyed the book very much. Illustrations were really good
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