Mountains of the Pharaohs by Zahi Hawass
The Untold Story of the Pyramid Builders

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The great pyramids of Giza have intrigued humanity for thousands of years. Questions about the construction and the purpose of these majestic monuments have existed since the middle period of ancient Egyptian civilization, but recent cutting-edge research has uncovered information about how and why they were built. In Mountains of the Pharaohs, Zahi Hawass, a world-renowned archaeologist and the official guardian of Egypt’s timeless treasures, weaves the latest archaeological data and an enthralling family history into spellbinding narrative.

Nearly five thousand years ago, the 4th Dynasty of Egypt’s Old Kingdom reigned over a highly advanced civilization. Believed to be gods, the royal family lived amid colossal palaces and temples built to honor them and their deified ancestors. Hawass brings these extraordinary historical figures to life, spinning a soap opera–like saga complete with murder, incest, and the triumphant ascension to the throne of one of only four queens ever to rule Egypt.

The magnificent pyramids attest not only to the dynasty’s supreme power, but also to the engineering expertise and architectural sophistication that flourished under their rule. Hawass argues that the pyramids—including the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still standing—were built by skilled craftsmen who took great pride in their work.

Mountains of the Pharaohs is an unprecedented account of one of civilization’s greatest achievements.

About Zahi Hawass

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ZAHI HAWASS is the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and director of the Giza Plateau. He studied archaeology in Egypt and in the United States, earning a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at the American University in Cairo, at UCLA, and at and other universities throughout the world, and he is the author of many books on ancient Egypt, including the bestselling Valley of the Golden Mummies. He was the host of such National Geographic television specials as Open the Lost Tombs and Pyramids Live.
Published August 22, 2006 by Doubleday Religion. 224 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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These extraterrestrial aspirations, Hawass points out, made astronomical and dimensional precision key concerns of the builders: The Great Pyramid is aligned within one degree of true north and is perfectly square at the base within a few centimeters.

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Using the latest archeological insight and stitching the tale together with his brief fictionalized forays into the past, Hawass explores the interwoven family, clan and societal organizations that made up ancient Egyptian culture.

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