Mark's Book Club: The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Egypt

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria is a commentator on CNN. While the book is riddled with cracks about Trump, Zakaria has a wide intellectual scope and covers interesting commentary on international relations, governments and societies buttressed with extensive historical references. Some “lessons” : life is digital, the world is becoming bipolar, globalization is not dead, listen to the people. All good avenues for thought.  It would not be at the top of my reading list but in any case it was worth the time.

The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Egypt by T.G.H. James

This survey by a British Museum archaeologist is a wide-ranging review of Egypt’s history with excellent illustrations. He covers the sequence of dynasties, reading and writing, the tombs and faith in the afterlife and most interesting an examination of building, decoration and crafts. His explanation of the hieroglyphics is particular good.  For anyone planning to visit the ancient sites in Egypt this book is a good starter.

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