The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present

The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present

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By (author) Toby Wilkinson

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  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardback | 292 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 254mm x 20mm | 771g
  • Publication date: 10 June 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0385351550
  • ISBN 13: 9780385351553
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps, colour plates
  • Sales rank: 1,116,616

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A hypnotic journey in the company of one of the world's most acclaimed Egyptologists over the fabled river telling how the Nile continually brought life to an ancient civilization now dead and how it sustained its successors, now in tumult. Renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson leads us through space as much as time: from the river's mystical sources (the Blue Nile which rises in Ethiopia, and the White Nile coursing from majestic Lake Victoria); to Thebes, with its Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Luxor Temple; the fertile Delta; Giza, home of the Great Pyramid, the sole surviving Wonder of the Ancient World; and finally, to the pulsating capital city of Cairo, where the Arab Spring erupted on the bridges over the Nile. Along the way, he introduces us to mysterious and fabled characters-the gods, godlike pharaohs, emperors and empresses, who joined their fate to the Nile and gained immortality; the adventurers, archaeologists, and historians who have all fallen under its spell. With matchless erudition and storytelling skill, through a lens equal to both panoramas and close-ups, Wilkinson brings millennia of history into view.

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Toby Wilkinson earned a degree in Egyptology from Downing College, Cambridge, and is the recipient of several prestigious awards given in his field. He has published seven books, and received the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for his latest work, "The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt." He has appeared on radio and television as an expert on ancient Egyptian civilization and is a member of the international editorial board of the "Journal of Egyptian History." Since 2004, he has been a Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge, where he resides.

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“Engaging. . . . Evocative. . . . The narrative moves comfortably among different time periods . . . smoothly guiding us on our Nile journey.” —The Washington Post “Fascinating. . . . Compelling. . . . The Nile emerges as potent as ever, the sole bringer of life to Egypt.” —The Guardian (London) “First-rate. . . . The Nile and the history it has engendered still manage to stir something in all of us.” —The Daily Beast   “Impressive. . . . Hugely entertaining. . . . Wilkinson’s book is bound to reawaken the joys of armchair traveling.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch “Tell[s] the entire layered story of Egyptian civilization. Wilkinson deftly mingles ancient lore from the Pharaonic past with tales of 19th-century tomb robbers and contemporary clashes between the competing imperatives to develop and preserve sites along the riverbanks.” —The Christian Science Monitor “Masterful. . . .  Thoroughly enjoyable and gloriously catholic.” —The Times (London) “Dexterously done and rich in detail. . . .  This is infectious stuff that should surely inspire its readers to a fresh bout of Egyptian adventures.” —The Telegraph (London) “In this felucca voyage of the Nile, you see all of its history and you are constantly reminded that Egypt is also a living nation of today. . . . [Wilkinson] has done for popularizing this land what Michio Kaku and DeGrasse Tyson have done for astronomy and physics.” —The New York Journal of Books “[A] gently meandering tour of the Nile River in the company of a deeply knowledgeable guide. . . . To understand the cataclysmic changes gripping Egypt at the moment, eminent British Egyptologist Wilkinson urges a return to the heart of the country, the Nile, the source of the country’s economy, spiritual beliefs and political structure.” —Kirkus Reviews