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Author: Kara Cooney Narrator: Kara Cooney Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2018 ISBN: 9781982523732
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This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra—women who ruled with real power—and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today.

Female rulers are a rare phenomenon—but thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. Regularly, repeatedly, and with impunity, queens like Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra controlled the totalitarian state as power-brokers and rulers. But throughout human history, women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in a male-dominated society. What was so special about ancient Egypt that provided women this kind of access to the highest political office? What was it about these women that allowed them to transcend patriarchal obstacles? What did Egypt gain from its liberal reliance on female leadership, and could today’s world learn from its example?

Celebrated Egyptologist Kara Cooney delivers a fascinating tale of female power, exploring the reasons why it has seldom been allowed through the ages, and why we should care.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book shines as an introduction to ancient Egyptian society and beliefs centered around elite women’s experiences.”


  • “Cooney provides welcome insights into pharaonic politics while bringing numerous little-known Egyptian women to the fore.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Engrossing and compulsively readable.”

    Time on The Woman Who Would Be King

  • “A multidimensional portrait of a woman of strength, intelligence, and substance.”

    Booklist on The Woman Who Would Be King

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ACB Broker | 12/3/2019

    " Most of us have a view of Cleopatra from Elizabeth Taylor's portrayal and Shakespeare. This puts the most well know Queen along with Nefertiti in a much broader context that has meaning to our view of women in power today. For example, it has always stunned me the vitriol against Hillary Clinton and from women no less. This speaks to that. "

About the Author

Kara Cooney is an associate professor of Egyptian art and architecture at UCLA in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. In 2005, she was co-curator of Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Cooney produced a comparative archaeology series with her husband, Neil Crawford, entitled Out of Egypt, which aired on the Discovery Channel and is streaming on Netflix.