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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (140 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nina Burleigh Narrator: Cassandra Campbel Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Little more than two hundred years ago, only the most reckless or eccentric Europeans had dared traverse the unmapped territory of the modern-day Middle East. Its history and peoples were the subject of much myth and speculation–and no region aroused greater interest than Egypt.

It was not until 1798, when an unlikely band of scientific explorers traveled from Paris to the Nile Valley, that Westerners received their first real glimpse of what lay beyond the Mediterranean Sea.

Under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Army, a small and little-known corps of Paris’s brightest intellectual lights left the safety of their laboratories, studios, and classrooms to embark on a thirty-day crossing into the unknown–some never to see French shores again. Carrying pencils instead of swords, specimen jars instead of field guns, these highly accomplished men participated in the first large-scale interaction between Europeans and Muslims of the modern era. And many lived to tell the tale.

Internationally acclaimed journalist Nina Burleigh brings readers back to a little-known landmark adventure at the dawn of the modern era–one that ultimately revealed the deepest secrets of ancient Egypt to a very curious continent.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mellen | 2/12/2014

    " It's pretty interesting, but I never did finish it. Definitely a surprise to find out that Napoleon spent so much time in Egypt. I associate the British with Egypt more than the French. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/7/2014

    " really fascinating history I knew absolutely nothing about! Really interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cari | 2/4/2014

    " A great introduction to the French "occupation" of Egypt, I just wish Burleigh had gone more in depth. In the end the sum feels very shallow, like she just barely scraped the surface. My interest was very much captured; wish there was more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jose | 12/7/2013

    " Interesting audio book. Learned a lot about french imperialism in egypt. "

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