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Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 12. November 2013


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'The author presents solid information in this publication... Dr. Brier's examination of ancient Egypt is brought to the readers through the contemporary cultural influence it has on the modern world,especially as the next great discovery or Hollywood sensation is likely to start the flame of passion in future generations and cast them under the spell of Egypt-Omania.' - The Egyptians blog 'Starting from the Roman infatuation with Cleopatra to Napoleon's desire to document everything about the exotic land to Hollywood blockbusters..., Brier chronicles centuries of Egyptomania in an accessible, entertaining narrative that never becomes too dry for a reader to follow. Obelisk-envy, international politics, psychology and the mania generated by the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb all appear, broken into readable chunks by amusing subheadings and illustrations. It's enjoyable and informative - everything one could want from a history book. 9/10.' - Press Association BBC History magazine gallery features Bob's Egyptomania collection - http://www.historyextra.com/gallery/egyptomania "The book contains numerous pictures of pieces from the author's collection, some of them highly entertaining. It is this popular fascination with pyramids and Pharaohs that Brier refers to as Egyptomania... an accessible read.' - LSE Review of Books blog

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Bob Brier, known as Mr. Mummy,is a Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University/LIU Postandthe author of eight books, including The Murder of Tutankhamen.He has conducted pioneering research in mummification practices and has investigated some of the world's most famous mummies, including King Tut, Lenin, Ramses the Great, Evita, and the Medici family of Renaissance Italy. He has conducted research in pyramids and tombs in 15 countries and was the host of several award-winning television specials for TLC, including the blockbuster series Pyramids, Mummies & Tombs and Mummy Detective. In 2010 National Geographic TV presented his documentary "Secret of the Great Pyramid." A contributing editor to Archaeology Magazine, he also writes articles for many other magazines, including Smithsonian, and KMT. He lives in the Bronx, NY.

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The American Fascination with Ancient Egypt throughout our popular culture. 21. November 2013
Von R. Auletta - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
This is a veritable compendium of things Egyptian, which attempts to capture the American fascination with Ancient Egypt. It details how Egyptian themes pervade so much of our cultural awareness, and explains why Americans, among others, are more fascinated with Ancient Egypt than, for example, Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome. The theme of Ancient Egypt underlies our fascination with mummies, pyramids and obelisks, and this fascination manifests itself throughout American popular culture, from advertising to comics to television and the movies.
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Fun and educational look at our fascination with Egypt. 21. Dezember 2013
Von Kellswitch - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I really enjoyed this book, this was the first time I had read anything about how the fascination with Egypt has influenced and effected so many different cultures going all the way back to antiquity and is still ongoing today.
The author covers the worlds fascination with Egypt starting all the way back in ancient Greece to today and all the fun and serious ways people have chosen to show their love for this culture.

I found the cultural aspects of Egytomania to be the most entertaining, from the music sheets and perfume bottles to modern movies, from the exquisite and high end to the tacky, the creativity and...flexibility in reflecting ancient Egypt is incredible.

However there was also a much more serious and political side to this that I had not realized, the military actions of Napoleon and Wellington, the political manoeuvrings in gaining obelisks the physical challenges in gaining and moving the obelisks were a surprise to me, I had no idea New York even had an actual Egyptian obelisk!

The section on the moving of the three different obelisks got to be a bit slow and hard to get through, I understand wanting to include all the details since moving them is quite the engineering feat in and of itself, but reading about three in a row felt very repetitive in the end. This is my only quibble with the book, and even then it was a fascinating read, just slow.

When visuals are so important to the point of a book I really appreciate the inclusion of color plates as well as black and white images and this book does a very good job with this. The quality of the images is high and appropriate to the text and really enhance the experience.

This is a fun book and a very educational book and I am looking forward to reading more by this author on Egypt.
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Sorry, Mr. Mummy 6. April 2014
Von Robert B. Lamm - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I love Bob Brier. I have watched his TV broadcasts, read some of his other books, and listened to a 50-CD (I think) oral history of ancient Egypt. Heck, I even wrote him a fan letter (OK, a fan email). However, this book is little more than a trifle; a good magazine article blown up into a book.

Dr. Brier discusses the history of Egyptomania from beyond 50,000 feet - it's more like 100,000 feet - and focuses on just a few major historical events that prompted it, primarily the transportation of Egyptian obelisks to Paris, London and New York. They're interesting engineering stories, but the Egyptomania that follows the placing of the obelisks is little more than an afterthought. He also discusses a variety of Egyptomania trends in such things as jewelry, cigar and cigarette cases and popular songs, but - again - from a very broad-brush perspective.

It's interesting, but only mildly so. I would have strongly preferred less engineering talk and more discussion of the phenomenon of Egyptomania - its causes and so on. Alternatively, coffee table book to go with my other dozen or so coffee table books about Egypt (yes, I am an Egyptomaniac) would have been better.
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A WONDERFUL READ 17. Dezember 2013
Von Critic at Work - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Bob Brier has an easy style of writing and he knows how to make history entertaining. You learn a lot and you laugh a lot. His extensive experience in the field earned him the title of Mr. Mummy. I love to recount his stories and that has earned me many a dinner invitation.
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ENTERTAINING, INSTRUCTIVE AND HUMOROUS 4. Januar 2014
Von Libris Alexandria - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
When I became aware of the existence of this book I automatically knew I was in for a great read. I had already enjoyed other titles by Bob Brier and, once again, Dr. Brier did not disappoint. The introduction is by none other than Zahi Hawass, another favorite author, who relates a few anecdotes of his own from his travels around the world as an Egyptologist, and later as secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, an organization created for the protection of the Egyptian heritage.

With his engaging conversational style the author takes us through the history of this obsession called Egypt-o-mania. It begins with the Greeks and Romans who fought to own the land of the Nile, then on to the alchemists and Freemasons who felt strong ties with it. The story continues with Napoleon’s savants and the wealth of knowledge they brought to the Western world. We visit Howard Carter and Tutankhamun, and finally we learn of the film industry’s contribution to Egypt-o-mania. In between, there is an interesting chapter about the obelisks and how they were transported to London, Paris and New York.

The book is profusely illustrated with black and white drawings plus three sections of color plates depicting items with Egyptian themes, mostly from the author’s own collection, as Dr. Brier is an enthusiast of all things Egyptian.

Egypt-O-Mania is entertaining, instructive and humorous. It is a joy to read. We feel the author is telling us a wonderful story over a cup of coffee
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