Unlimited [Science Book] È The Story of Egypt: The Civilization that Shaped the World - by Joann Fletcher ï
Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM By Joann Fletcher

The story of the world s greatest civilization spans 4,000 years of history that has shaped the world It is full of spectacular cities and epic stories an evolving society rich in inventors, heroes, heroines, villains, artisans, and pioneers Professor Joann Fletcher pulls together the complete story of Egypt charting the rise and fall of the ancient Egyptians while puttiThe story of the world s greatest civilization spans 4,000 years of history that has shaped the world It is full of spectacular cities and epic stories an evolving society rich in inventors, heroes, heroines, villains, artisans, and pioneers Professor Joann Fletcher pulls together the complete story of Egypt charting the rise and fall of the ancient Egyptians while putting their whole world into a context to which we can all relate.Fletcher uncovers some fascinating revelations new evidence shows that women became pharaohs on at least ten occasions that the ancient Egyptians built the first Suez Canal and then circumnavigated Africa From Ramses II s penchant for dying his grey hair to how we know that Montuhotep s chief wife bit her nails, Dr Joann Fletcher brings alive the history and people of ancient Egypt as nobody else can.
  • Title: The Story of Egypt: The Civilization that Shaped the World
  • Author: Joann Fletcher
  • ISBN: 9781681771342
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Hardcover

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Lisa Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Back when I was getting really interested in Ancient Egypt for the first time, Joann Fletcher was making headlines for her "discovery" of Nefertiti's mummy. Her so-called discovery was deeply controversial, the evidence used appeared unconvincing, inconclusive and largely circumstantial – even to a lay teenager's eyes – and Fletcher caught a lot of flack for her claims, even being banned from working in Egypt at one point. Even to this day, over ten years on, the controversy around this inci [...]
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Carlos Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Actually 3 1/2 stars. This book is good for a researcher or for somebody who is doing a paper in the Egyptian empire but not so good for the casual reader, or for someone who wants to know only the most popular aspects of the Egyptian history, (the scorpion king, Ramses, mummification and cleopatra and Caesar and mark anthony) , but since the writer tried to compress the whole history of the Egyptian empire in a 370 pages book, it suffers from information overload and at the same time , not enou [...]
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Kristi Richardson Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
“Osiris is yesterday and Ra is tomorrow, Yesterday belongs to me and I know tomorrow.” The Book of the DeadThis is a scholarly work on the history of Egypt from the early beginnings until the Kleopatra/Ptolemy dynasties. There are lots of illustrations and numerous maps and even a timeline that helps you put all the different dynasties in order. If you love Egypt and the history of the place than you will enjoy this book. If you are just a fan of the Mummy movies than this book goes in too m [...]
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Melora Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Hmmm. Well, this would have been more enjoyable if Egypt had less history. Fletcher's book covers roughly 4,000 years of Egyptian history, and she makes a noble effort to keep things lively, including all the lurid details she's got on the salacious, murderous (and sometimes salaciously murderous) lives of Egypt's rulers, not to mention the gory details of battles and how body counts were kept, gods and their sacrifices, pharaohs and their sacrifices (one interesting thing I did learn was that t [...]
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Rebecca Hill Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
*Short review for now*From its beginnings to the end of its tumultuous queen Cleopatra - Dr. Fletcher, brings this fascinating history to you.I could not put this book down! From a lover of Egyptian history, there were so many things that I had forgotten, or simply had not heard before (especially in some of the earlier times) that I was hooked from the start. Going down the list chronologically, you get an idea and sense of the pride, wealthy, and the not so lucky pharaohs who ruled. Each monar [...]
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Matthew Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
If you were really going to study the history of Egypt, this would likely be an ideal desk reference. As recreational reading, not so much, until Alexander the Great shows up. My question: it is often stated that the Egyptians were obsessed with the afterlife. Is that only how it appears to us as we sift through the leaving?
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Donato Colangelo Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
My personal expectations were perhaps too high. I rated this book three stars because there is a lot of good writing and compelling information, but it lacks some important - fundamental I daresay - aspects of ancient Egypt culture.The positive points include a rich description of the lives of almost all the kings and pharaoh of Egypt, with a final list of names at the end of the books that help to locate historically each monarch and each dynasty. Fletcher highlights the importance of women and [...]
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Walt Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
This is a difficult book to evaluate. For one thing, Fletcher packs so much into 400+ pages. I have probably learned more about Egypt reading this book than any other book on the subject, or an accumulation of books and college coursework. On the other hand, I felt that she was working too hard to fit all of the pieces together, something like Simcha Jacobovici. Similar to Jacobovici, Fletcher overwhelms readers with data and information. I like the way that the book is basically organized to ch [...]
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Simon Binning Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
I first came across Joann Fletcher on TV, where she is an engaging presenter, often offering a slightly different view on events in Egyptian history. So I was perhaps expecting too much when I picked up this book, thinking that it might have the same style.It is a very competent and comprehensive history of the Pharaohs and Dynasties of Egypt from about 5500BC up to 30BC, when it became a Roman province. I suspect that most of what we currently know about the 'King List' is here in as much detai [...]
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Robert Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
The target of this book - The Story of Egypt - should be for those about to enter the study of Egyptology and archaeology, more so than for the general reader. I absorbed some facts about Egypt’s history, but found the author’s emphasis on kings and preparations for their afterlives overwhelming. This is a place where one or two family tree sketches could’ve easily replaced a few dozen pages of text. Destruction of state records [around 2181–2125 BC, marking the beginning of the so-calle [...]
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Beth Hathaway Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
This is a wonderful book! I listened to the audio book, which I highly recommend, if you struggle with Egyptian names and pronunciations. It is extremely detailed, and the author does speak about every pharaoh throughout the history of Egypt, with the exception of the intermediate periods where the country descended into chaos. I found it to be extremely compelling, and gained such respect for an incredible world power that was sustained for over 3000 years. I visited Egypt recently and this was [...]
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Rob Roy Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Many disparage Egyptian history as simply a list of kings and how they were buried. Modern histories have escaped this and even the general surveys have written about the lives of the masses, and the Eqyptian culture. The author, abandons this approach and in turged prose, lists kings with their tombs. She does take us past the Ramasies, which many do not, but history is lost in the telling. She also in numours cases takes relationships, identifications, and locatons still under achidemic debate [...]
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Chris Csergei Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
This book really doesn't accomplish what it's title would imply. The first three quarters of this book could really be titled "Ancient Egyptian burial practices" and be more accurate than the current title. The last quarter does begin to tell a story, it is too little too late to help the overall narrative. Fletcher's passion for her subject does come through, but she fails to bring the material to life, or to convey any sort of story. In no way does this book communicate how Egypt shaped civili [...]
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Rock Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
This book starts and ends well, beginning with an explanation of the formation of Egypt that deftly weaves archeology and myth to explain much of what Egyptian culture would become, closing with a nimble telling of the twisted Ptolemaic dynasty. It's what lies between that is mostly the problem, since the author mostly sticks to her chronological political history, determined to mention every single Pharoah regardless of whether she has anything to say about him. That's too bad, because when she [...]
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Kristen Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Pretty boring but a nice overview - it's hard to get into this book since the scope of the history covered is so broad - which means top-level info is prioritized over interesting tid-bits and specifics. Additionally, up until Herodutus and Alexander the Great come on the scene (at which point the narration finally feels like story-telling) everything is told like a series of facts based on how people were buried and what they were buried with. No real picture of life in the times and lack of de [...]
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Paul Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
2 1/2 stars rather than 2. I really, really wanted to enjoy this book but having ploughed through it I was left rather disappointed. Not so much the story of Egypt rather it ends up as a catalogue of the Pharoahs and the tombs that they built with the wider history being only alluded to or mentioned in passing. We don't learn an awful lot about the Egyptian people or the society in which they lived over the millennia covered. Perhaps I was expecting too much from a 350 page book and Joann Fletch [...]
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Robin Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
I learned SO MUCH! Egypt and her history have always fascinated me. We all know these guys taught us so much and were doing things so far in advance than the rest of the world but I just didn't realize they had the number on oh so many more things than I thought I knew about. Honestly the corruption for power was something to behold as well but how on earth do you get away with it for centuries upon centuries? It's a crazy thing to ponder especially with all the inbreeding again for centuries an [...]
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Adam Hummel Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Not what I expected - yes, a lot of interesting tidbits about Egypt's Pharaohs (both men and more women than previously thought) however no information about life in Egypt, about mythology and beliefs, interaction with different cultures, etc. I don't know what I expected from this book, but it got pretty dull from the middle onwards when I realized it was literally just a list of kings naming their greatest building achievements and listing their successors etc etc etc etc etc.
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Susan Paxton Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Based on the best new research, the first 2/3rds are valuable although a more accurate title would have been "The Story of Egypt's Pharaohs" since the common people hardly make more than the briefest appearance. Moved from 4 stars to 3 due to the sheer tedium of the last section dealing with the Ptolemys, but likely it's impossible to make that weird story interesting.
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Christiane Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
I am interested in ancient Egyptian history but - as I found out at about 30% on my Kindle - not quite to the extent provided by this book which concentrates mainly on the long, long list of rulers, tombs and temples.I already know that I won't be able to remember even a fraction of what I have been reading.
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Matthew Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
A great narrative historyThe most encyclopedic and up to date history of pre-Roman Egypt I have found. It tells the story of the country from its earliest beginnings to its seizure by Octavian with full regard to the latest scholarship and lays to rest many of the misconceptions and biases of the last two hundred years. It's also a great read.
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Steve Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Well not so much the story of Egypt (a 5th century BCE Greek name) as the story of its rulers and their tombs. Of course there may not be much more than the tombs as evidence, and the information from that source is well presented and well written and interesting.
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Nicoline M. Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
An amazing trip through Egypt, from prehistory to the end of the Ptolemaic dynasty. Fletcher also addresses some of the problems inherent in early discoveries and assumptions about the gender of some pharaohs, all with a delightful dryness.
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Lizzy Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Absolutely incredible overview of Ancient Egypt from the earliest human presence to the dramatic death of Kleopatra VII. Some incredible anecdotes in there reminiscent of some of the most shocking moments of Game of Thrones. Well worth the read.
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Joanne Tognarelli Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Took some going & time but I finally finished this very detailed book about ancient Egypt
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Anna Belsham Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Mixed bag here, some interesting things I didn’t know before but much supposition and repetition of who built what and how they were buried.
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Connie Scott Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Joann Fletcher made Egypt come to life off the page. It was a very fascinating read.
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Adam Christian Smith Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Thorough and interesting. I learned the first sit-in strike in recorded history was tomb builders 1300 BC who sat all day because they were not being paid/fed.
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Kam Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
Full review coming soon.
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Rachel Feb 24, 2020 - 08:51 AM
There seems to have been just too much ground to cover in too few pages. I couldn't get a handle on anyone or any themes or really anything--it was like watching a film running at 4X speed!--which I found very frustrating.
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The Story of Egypt: The Civilization that Shaped the World By Joann Fletcher The story of the world s greatest civilization spans 4,000 years of history that has shaped the world It is full of spectacular cities and epic stories an evolving society rich in inventors, heroes, heroines, villains, artisans, and pioneers Professor Joann Fletcher pulls together the complete story of Egypt charting the rise and fall of the ancient Egyptians while puttiThe story of the world s greatest civilization spans 4,000 years of history that has shaped the world It is full of spectacular cities and epic stories an evolving society rich in inventors, heroes, heroines, villains, artisans, and pioneers Professor Joann Fletcher pulls together the complete story of Egypt charting the rise and fall of the ancient Egyptians while putting their whole world into a context to which we can all relate.Fletcher uncovers some fascinating revelations new evidence shows that women became pharaohs on at least ten occasions that the ancient Egyptians built the first Suez Canal and then circumnavigated Africa From Ramses II s penchant for dying his grey hair to how we know that Montuhotep s chief wife bit her nails, Dr Joann Fletcher brings alive the history and people of ancient Egypt as nobody else can.

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