Mirage Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt

ISBN-10: 0060597682
ISBN-13: 9780060597689
Edition: N/A
Authors: Nina Burleigh
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List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Two hundred years ago, only the most reckless or eccentric Europeans had dared to traverse the unmapped territory of the modern-day Middle East. But in 1798, more than 150 French engineers, artists, doctors, and scientists-even a poet and a musicologist-traveled to the Nile Valley under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte and his invading army. Hazarding hunger, hardship, uncertainty, and disease, Napoleon's "savants" risked their lives in pursuit of discovery. The first large-scale interaction between Europeans and Muslims in the modern era, the audacious expedition was both a triumph and a disaster, resulting in finds of immense historical and scientific importance (including the ruins of the colossal pyramids and the Rosetta Stone) and in countless tragic deaths through plague, privation, madness, or violence.Acclaimed journalist Nina Burleigh brings readers back to the landmark adventure at the dawn of the modern era that ultimately revealed the deepest secrets of ancient Egypt to a curious continent.

Nina Burleigh is the author ofUnholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed, and Forgery in the Holy Land,A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer, and two other books. She has written for theNew York Times,The New Yorker, andTimeand is a contributing editor atElle. She has resided in France, Italy, and the Middle East and now lives in New York. From the Hardcover edition.

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