Mirage : Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 22mm | 240.4g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 0060597682
  • 9780060597689
  • 854,788

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Burleigh spotlights the Indiana Jones-esque scientists who joined Napoleon s Egyptian invasion during the late 18th century. --Peopleshow more