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    DescriptionIn 1922, the British archaeologist Henry Carter opened King Tutankhamun's tomb, illuminating the glories of an ancient civilization. And while the world celebrated the extraordinary revelation that gave Carter international renown and an indelible place in history, by the time of his death, the discovery had nearly destroyed him. Now, in a stunning feat of narrative nonfiction, Daniel Meyerson has written a thrilling and evocative account of this remarkable man and his times. Carter began his career inauspiciously. At the age of seventeen-unknown, untrained, untried-he was hired as a copyist of tomb art by the brash, brilliant, and boldly unkempt father of modern archaeology, W. F. Petrie. Carter struck out on his own a few years later, sensing that something amazing lay buried beneath his feet, waiting for him to uncover it. But others had the same idea: The ancient cities of Egypt were crawling with European adventurers and their wealthy sponsors, each hoping to outdo the others with glittering discoveries-even as growing nationalist resentment against foreigners plundering the country's most treasured antiquities simmered dangerously in the background. Not until Carter met up with the risk-taking, adventure-loving occultist Lord Carnarvon did his fortunes change. There were stark differences in personality and temperament between the cantankerous Carter and his gregarious patron, but together they faced down endless ridicule from the most respected explorers of the day. Seven dusty and dispiriting years after their first meeting, their dream came to astonishing life. But there would be a price to pay for this partnership, their discovery, and the glory and fame it brought both men-and the chain of events that transpired in the wake of their success remains fascinating and shocking to this day. An enthralling story told with unprecedented verve, In the Valley of the Kings is a tale of mania and greed, of fame and lost fortune, of history and its damnations. As he did in The Linguist and the Emperor, Daniel Meyerson puts his exciting storytelling powers on full display, revealing an almost forgotten time when past and present came crashing together with the power to change-or curse-men's lives.


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    Title
    In the Valley of the Kings
    Subtitle
    Howard Carter and the Mystery of King Tutankhamun's Tomb
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Daniel Myerson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 386 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780345476937
    ISBN 10: 034547693X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HBE
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: HDDG
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CHRN/1920
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    LC subject heading: ,
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Approval Code: A14202020
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 55
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002030
    DC22: 932.014
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ, 1QDAE, 1HBE
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    DC22: 932/.01492
    LC classification: PJ1064.C3 M49 2009
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NKD
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1HBE, 1QBAE
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Ballantine Books Inc.
    Publication date
    26 October 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Daniel Meyerson, an Ellis Fellow at Columbia University, has taught writing at Columbia, New York University, and Bennington College. He is the author of The Linguist and the Emperor: Napoleon and Champollion's Quest to Decipher the Rosetta Stone and "Blood and Splendor: The Lives of Five Tyrants, from Nero to Saddam Hussein." He lives in New York City.
    Review quote
    Praise for "The Linguist and the Emperor: " "[A] page turner . . . entertaining history that's told with gusto." --"The Washington Post Book World"