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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Lucent Library of Historical Eras" series, this study of Egyptian monuments is both thorough and interesting. As a fitting tribute to the "forgotten millions," the book begins with an explanation of who built these amazing structures—mostly conscripted farmers paying off their taxes, although there was also likely a desire to please the gods. Thereafter, each chapter covers a different type of monument, from simple religious obelisks to grand defensive fortresses, including, of course, the pyramids, sphinx, and the lighthouse at Alexandria. Readers will discover both how and why these structures were erected. Adding interest, the author uses information from a variety of scholars and sources, showing how some older theories are now disproved. Numerous photographs, drawings, maps, and even scenes from movies will help readers visualize and understand not only the buildings but also the culture of a fascinating civilization. An excellent addition to any school classroom or library, this title will help many young people with research while piquing their interest in ancient Egypt. Also elucidating are the glossary, list of web sites, and a chronology from 5500 B.C. to current times. 2005, Lucent Books/Thomson Gale, Ages 9 up.