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Bob Brier, known as Mr. Mummy, is a Senior Research Fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and the author of eight books, including The Murder of Tutankhamen. He has conducted pioneering research in mummification practices and has investigated some of the world's most famous mummies, including King Tut, Lenin, Ramses the Great, Evita, and the Medici family of Renaissance Italy. He has conducted research in pyramids and tombs in 15 countries and was the host of several award-winning television specials for TLC, including the blockbuster series Pyramids, Mummies & Tombs and Mummy Detective. In 2010 National Geographic TV presented his documentary Secret of the Great Pyramid. A contributing editor to Archaeology Magazine, he also writes articles for many other magazines, including Smithsonian, and KMT. He lives in the Bronx, NY.
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Bob Brier, an American Egyptologist is an avid collector of artefacts that have reflected the West’s fascination with Egypt. The items range from perfume bottles to sheet music, books and film, numerous household articles and even such objects as cigarette lighters. Illustrated with items from his collection, Egpyptomania looks at our perennial fascination with Egypt and how this ancient civilisation still resounds in our culture today.Like for Like ReadingEgypt: How a Lost Civilisation was Rediscovered, Joyce TyldesleyThe Key of Egypt: The Race to Read the Hieroglyphs, Lesley & Roy Adkins A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Part of the pleasure of being an editor is that you get to meet all kinds of interesting people. Dr. Bob Brier is definitely on my short list, though. Bob’s passion for his subject is infectious and his knowledge is encyclopedic. Bob has been to Egypt countless times; he knows everyone in his field; he’s even mummified his own mummy. And, of course, his home is full of Egyptomania – an eclectic and incredibly entertaining collection of objects tied to our collective fascination with ancient Egypt. I always knew that this collection had to end up in a book one day. Who could resist stuff like the sheet music to “Old King Tut Was a Wise Old Nut?” or an ad featuring Cleopatra selling Palmolive shampoo or mummy case charms with tiny mummies inside? And now we are publishing that very book. Reading EGYPTOMANIA is like spending an afternoon hanging out with Bob. He’ll tell you the dramatic story of how London got its famous obelisk, Cleopatra’s Needle; the colorful saga of ancient Egypt in Hollywood, and discuss why Kind Tut became a worldwide sensation in 1922. The narrative is entertaining and the pictures are divine. This is for anyone who was ever fascinated by mummies or hieroglyphs and pyramids and weren’t we all at one point in our childhoods?' - Elisabeth Dyssegaard, Executive Editor at Palgrave Macmillan
The Secret of the Great Pyramid is a thrilling intellectual adventure story about the most exciting discovery in Egyptology in decades. Bob Brier, along with French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin, tells the remarkable true story of Houdin's obsession with Egypt's Great Pyramid, one of the Seven Wonders of the World: how, in an ancient agrarian society not long removed from the Stone Age, such a remarkable structure could have been envisioned and constructed. At once the story of Houdin's determined search for answers to the puzzle that have eluded scientist and Egyptologists for centuries and a fascinating history of the planning and building of the magnificent edifice, The Secret of the Great Pyramid is an extraordinary work that puts the mystery to rest, once and for all.