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.
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This story is set in 1798 France and Egypt, so perhaps one can be forgiven for being a year and a half or so tardy in reading (or listening to) Nina Burleigh's Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt.Jul 05 2009 | Read Full Review of Mirage
It lives on in the fantasies of the titans of Hollywood, who cannot care less that 50 percent of movie ticket buyers are women.Dec 03 2013 | Read Full Review of Mirage
Mamluk rule in Egypt collapsed, but Napoleon’s strategic position was far from strong because he controlled only the Delta and Cairo and Upper Egypt remained the preserve of the Mamluks and Bedouins.Aug 10 2008 | Read Full Review of Mirage
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