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Steve Donoghue"It is extremely difficult to engage with a culture so remote in time and place from our own," writes veteran Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson in the opening pages of his new book, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt, and hundreds of authors have discovered that difficulty and retreated, baffled, into pseudo-myth and half-hearted mysticism. Luckily, Wilkinson isn't one of those authors. His 2007 book, Lives of the Ancient Egyptians, was an immensely engaging work of informed archaeological reconstruction, and his latest is even better: This a magnificent, illuminating and refreshingly readable overview of the entire phenomenon of ancient Egypt.
—The Washington Post