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Posted February 19, 2013
Through the use of diaries, letters, personal recollections, boo
Through the use of diaries, letters, personal recollections, books, original illustrations, newspapers and periodicals, Vivian has presented a changing view of Egypt in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries through the eyes and words of her carefully chosen group of representatives. Along the way, she has even overturned at least one Egyptological “fact” concerning John Ledyard. Ledyard had long been considered to be the first American to visit Egypt, but Vivian’s careful digging has revealed an even earlier traveler, musician John Antes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Among the other adventurers, travelers, missionaries, consuls, soldiers artists, musicians and soldiers who appear are George Bethune English, George Gliddon, Bayard Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore Davis. Also included are William Eaton, Francis Bartow Sarah Rogers Haight, Charles Hale, Charles Chaillé-Long, Fanny Stone, Anna Young Thompson and Walter Granger. These various travelers not only describe the wonders of Egypt but also document its political and social structure and the changes that occur under different regimes. Yet Vivian does not analyze any of this, instead she presents it simply and factually, and leaves such dissections to others. The result is a meticulously researched and written account of a cross section of the American people who made the trip to Egypt and who lived there, and in some cases, died there, and whose presence there sometimes even changed the course of history.