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Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 16, 2008

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Zahi Hawass, one of the foremost Egyptian archaeologists, is known throughout the world for his contributions to the understanding and preservation of Egypt’s heritage. Among his most important discoveries are the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies in the Bahariya Oasis. Recently he led the team that identified the lost mummy of Queen Hatshepsut and, in 2005, he conducted a CT scan of Tut’s mummy. In 2006, he was chosen by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; Official Companion to Exhibit edition (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142620356X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426203565
  • ASIN: B005DIAMWK
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.9 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,102,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Serge J. Van Steenkiste on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Published to accompany the itinerant exhibition about the treasures of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun and other outstanding Pharaohs, the "Tutankhamun the Golden King and the Great Pharaohs" book is now accompanying this exhibition at The Atlanta Civic Center. This exhibition is definitely worth a visit. Visitors can easily spend hours meandering through the rooms of the exhibition due to the high refinement of many artifacts on display. The audio guide available at the exhibition enhances the sensorial experience.

Readers will find in the first third of this book a high-level overview of the 3000-year history of Ancient Egypt. The longevity of this civilization is unmatched to this day. Renowned Egyptologists such as Zahi Hawass, David Silverman, Betsy Bryan, and Donald Redford usually succeed at rendering the history of Ancient Egypt accessible to all. This first section would definitely benefit from a time line, a glossary of the most commonly used terms in Egyptology, and a more detailed map of the ancient sites mentioned in this section. The simplistic time line of Ancient Egypt reproduced at the end of this book does not bear the comparison with the comprehensive, graphical time line of this ancient civilization that stands on a wall at the entrance to the exhibition. Furthermore, some sites mentioned in this section do not appear on the map reproduced at the beginning of the book.

The rest of the book is mainly dedicated to a reproduction of the artifacts that are part of the itinerant exhibition. Photographer Sandro Vannini has realized a tour de force in allowing the readers of this book to truly visualize the splendor of many artifacts.
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I purchased this book before I attended the exhibit in Seattle, expecting to save money and get a chance to learn more about the exhibit beforehand. I was VERY surprised to see it on sale in the gift shop for ONLY $12.00! So, if you're going to the exhibit in Seattle buy the book there not at Amazon.

Oh, the exhibit was fantastic. If you'd like to avoid the crowds, go on a weekday, early in the day and early in the week.
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This book is a nice companion to the Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs exhibit. It was also much less expensive buying from Amazon than at the exhibit store. However, that being said, the book was shipped with very little packing material and the dust jacket was frayed and peeling at the top in several places which I believe was due to it bumping against the box. The book gets 4 stars. Amazon's packaging gets 1.
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The pictures included were beautiful. The commentary was educational and written in such a way a person without a history background could understand it.
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By chaton on December 14, 2008
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This great book is very informative and useful for both experienced
and beginners egyptologists. I have enjoyed reading it, and placed it
in my library as a reference book. There is still much mystery about
this young pharaoh, and the book brings some light to help dispel it, but
without erasing the fascination of the discovery of the tomb. I would
recommend it to all students of ancient history.
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