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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
Eight years ago, Jean-Pierre Houdin, a successful French architect, became obsessed by the age-old mystery of how the Great Pyramid was built. He renounced his architectural practice, sold his Paris apartment, and for ten hours a day labored at his computer to create exquisitely detailed 3-D models of the interior of the Great Pyramid. After five years of effort, the images rotating on his computer screen provided irrefutable evidence of an astonishing secret. Corkscrewing up the inside of the Great Pyramid is a mile-long ramp, unseen for 4,500 years. The pyramid was built from the inside. The revelation casts a fresh light on the minds that founded earth's first civilization. The narration takes place in two time frames: ancient and modern. The ancient story explains how a nation of farmers that had only recently emerged from the Stone Age could construct one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. To execute something as complex and massive as the Great Pyramid, Egypt needed architects, mathematicians, boat builders, stone masons, metallurgists. It took twenty years to build the Great Pyramid. By the time its capstone was laid in 2560 BC, the innovations born of the building quest had transformed agrarian Egypt into the world's most modern, most powerful nation. As we follow the progress of Hemienu, the innovative architect who planned, organized and oversaw construction of the Great Pyramid, we also follow Houdin working to discover how and why the ancient architect designed the pyramid as he did. Houdin works as a 'forensic' architect, aiming to reconstruct the lessons Hemienu had learned from construction of three previous pyramids and to visualise his blueprint for the massive stone building.