About this book
An entertaining narrative account of the West's fascination with Egypt, laced with anecdote and adventure and with a rich cast of characters including Florence Nightingale. Howard Carter, Lord Nelson, E.M. Forster and more.
From Napoleon Bonaparte with his schemes to control the overland route to India, to tomb-raiders such as Giovanni Belzoni; from scholars like hieroglyph-decoder Champollion to Thomas Cook and his wide-eyed tourists, this narrative illuminates a bygone world and charts the end of imperialism and the advent of Egyptian Independence.
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