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Tutankhamun, the Untold Story

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  160 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews

Part history, part detective story, this book recounts the brief life and reign of the boy Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 15th 1978 by Simon & Schuster (NY)
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Melinda Jane Harrison
From the moment he made the discovery, it took Howard Carter 10 years to dismantle the inner shrines and see the boy King lost to history. This is one amazing story, written by Hoving who worked for the Met Museum, which originally sponsored Tutankhamen's excavation. The book centers around Howard Carter's incredible journey to do his work, from grand beginnings to humble endings, a decade of stress, politics, governments coming and going, bitter arguments and even the sudden death of his patron ...more
Murray Ewing
Rewatching Raiders of the Lost Ark recently, I decided I wanted to read something about a real archeological adventure. Thomas Hoving’s Tutankhamun: The Untold Story may have no Nazis, trap-filled tombs or desperate fist fights, but it is, nevertheless, a fascinating story, one which Hoving turns into a genuine page-turner, thanks to his vivid characterisations of the main players (Howard Carter in particular, as a man who was peerlessly methodical when dealing with the ancient dead, but impetuo ...more
Tony
Dec 07, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it
Shelves: science
61. Hoving, Thomas. TUTANKHAMUN: The Untold Story. (1978). ****. Hoving is the former Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the former Editor-in-Chief of Connoisseur. I met him in California while he was on a book signing tour for his book, False Impressions: The Hunt for Big-Time Art Fakes. He is an extremely knowledgeable and engaging individual, and managed to keep his audience on the edge of their seats for the whole time. In this book, one of his earlier efforts, he gives us the in ...more
Libby
May 10, 2012 Libby rated it really liked it
Shelves: ancient-world, art, egypt
Despite this having been steadily in print since 1978, I had just never gotten around to it. I'm glad I finally picked this up, for Hoving tells it all in stylish and engaging language. Most of us have at least heard of Tutankhamun. Many of us have seen specials on TV, exhibits at museums and so on. Hoving tells a gossipy, behind the scenes tale of the seedy nitty-gritty behind the gold and the glamor. He ushers us into the palmy days of the British Empire, when Egypt was an uneasy Protectorate ...more
Tiffany
Riveting, but somewhere in the rush to go back to Egypt I got distracted. I'll definitely want to start this one again.

Second time's the charm ...

2/10/11 Right, so I picked this book up again to complement my reading of "The Egyptologist" for my book club. Within these pages are chronicled the trials, tribulations, and - yes! - outright lies surrounding the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Hoving obviously did a tremendous amount of research for this one, but unless you're a pharaoh-phile
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Mairi
Jul 19, 2009 Mairi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes things have to wait a while before the whole story comes out. Almost 50 years after the end of the excavation of Tutanhkamun's tomb, Thomas Hoving wove together a striking narrative, not just from the official record but also from private communiques shared with him by descendants of the members of the expedition. Why they kept quiet the things they didn't reveal is fairly obvious; they ranged from infractions that would not have changed the path of history but would've been grounds fo ...more
Christine
Mar 24, 2008 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What most people know about King Tutankhamun is that there was lots of gold and curse in his tomb. But throughout the find there was also conflict, intrigue, triumph and failure--in short, a grand human story on a magnificent global scale. Although the book was written in the late 1970's, the original story of the tomb's opening hasn't changed since the 1920's, so the core of the book doesn't suffer from its age. In fact, since the author was in charge of the orignal touring show of Tutankhamun' ...more
Bill Thompson
Mar 12, 2015 Bill Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book recently at Half Price Books. I thought I'd read it when it first was published but was pleasantly surprised to find out I hadn't. This book was very interesting. It gave a look at the behind-the-scenes work that was happening when Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter worked to find King Tut's tomb in 1922. The author is former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a primary backer of (and recipient of largess from) Carnarvon's expeditions.

Anyone who has been enthralled b
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Roberta
Mar 29, 2016 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gossipy, behind the scenes version of the discovery of Tut's tomb. Better than the rest because it has all the crooks and tomb robbers, ancient and modern, but doesn't depend on mystic mumbo jumbo for it's excitement.
Erik Graff
Oct 02, 2009 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: exploration & ancient Egypt fans
Recommended to Erik by: Hank Kupjack
Shelves: history
Although an art curator, Thomas Hoving presents what is primarily an history of the search for, discovery and disposition of the contents of the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt's Valley of the Kings. The book is well illustrated.
Barbara
Mar 05, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is interesting and well written and documented. After I finished reading the book I went to see the King Tut exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Having read the book made the exhibit so much more interesting!
Cynthia
Jun 18, 2013 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
LOVE THIS but love all things 'king tut'
Edmund
Jun 23, 2008 Edmund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, books-i-own
If you read one account of the discovery of Tutankhamen this is the one.
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Thomas Pearsall Field Hoving was an American museum executive and consultant, best known for serving as the Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

His books primarily focus on art-related subjects, including art forgeries, Grant Wood, Andrew Wyeth, Tutankhamen, and the 12th-century walrus ivory crucifix known as the Bury St. Edmunds Cross. His memoir, Making the Mummies Dance, details his yea
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