Mirage by Nina Burleigh

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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.

 

About Nina Burleigh

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Nina Burleigh is the author of four books. She is a note Nina Burleigh is the author of four books. She is a noted journalist whose articles have appeared in "Time", the "Wad journalist whose articles have appeared in "Time", the "Washington Post", "New York" magazine, "Elle", and many other shington Post", "New York" magazine, "Elle", and many other publications. She lives in New York City. publications. She lives in New York City.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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A breathless account of the French invasion of Egypt in 1798.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Mirage

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When Napoleon invaded Egypt, his scientists found a dazzling ancient world.

Dec 09 2007 | Read Full Review of Mirage

Examiner

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

Huffington Post

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

The Moderate Voice

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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