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"A beautifully presented book which manages very successfully to encapsulate four thousand years of Egyptian history into two hundred and fifty four pages. So many histories of Egypt tend to briefly narrate the dynasties, picking out the highlights from particular reigns. This history however, flows smoothly from chapter to chapter under headings more appropriate to the chequered history of this great country. The maps presented at the commencement of each new section are particularly useful. The abscense of footnotes is a blessing, enabling one to read on without interruption. Beautifully coloured illustrations are chosen to complement the main content of the script and create an aura of Egypt which pervades every page of this book. This is a history which will stir the reader's imagination and leave a compulsive desire to delve more deeply into those areas suggested by the extensive reading list."