Though I was eagerly anticipating reading this book, I was a bit disappointed (perhaps by expecting too much: 2500 years in 485 pages). The first part, dealing with the Old Kingdom (builders of the great pyramids) was one hundred pages and seemed to zip through the various kings, with relatively little about the religion, how the religion functioned to control society, the economy, the military, or even demographics. And it was fairly dry, with one fact after another. The writing was better for subsequent parts and more aspects of society were discussed, but very briefly. The accounts of monumental battles of Megiddo and Kadesh were assisted with maps (one each). The latter Ramesses and post New Kingdom history (about a thousand years) was rushed through; major developments in agriculture and international affairs were very quickly covered. Most of the book had the flavor of the reader being told, rather than explained. There were several maps, but no graphs; extensive notes (though some entries are silly, like the back cover description/blurb of a popular history book which was quoted), and bibliography, and index.

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