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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby A.H. Wilkinson
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Most histories of
Ancient Egypt have depicted Egypt as a lively, warm and sunny culture - even
though obsessed with death - in which a relatively easy and stable way life
was achieved along the banks of the Nile. In a stunning reversal of this,
Wilkinson reveals a much darker side of Ancient Egypt, one in which an
almost fascist control of the people by Pharaoh and his priests snuffed out
every bit of personal freedom. Writing with verve and clarity, Mr.
Wilkinson easily becomes the new voice of Egyptian scholars. Not for the
faint of heart, this is a long and detailed book that encompasses over 4,000
years of history between its covers, taking us on a journey from prehistoric
times to the fall of Cleopatra.
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