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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (27 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591431565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591431565
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Breaking the Mirror of Heaven" is a hugely important book. In a time when we can all see 'the rise of idiot experts, ' this book focuses our attention on the political games that are played with the honest interpretation of our past. Self-serving individuals seek to bury new information by pretending that claimed academic rank outweighs cold evidence. Bravo, Robert and Ahmed, for such a delightful and persuasive blow for reason."

About the Author

Egyptian-born Robert Bauval began studying Egyptology in 1983. The author of The Orion Mystery and coauthor of Black Genesis, he lives in Torremolinos, Spain. Ahmed Osman was born in Cairo in 1934 and is the author of several books, includ¬ing Christianity: An Ancient Egyptian Religion and Moses and Akhenaten. He lives in England.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alan S. Glassman on 12 Jan. 2013
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Prolific writers with in-depth knowledge of ancient Egypt, Robert Bauval and Ahmed Osman have teamed up to produce a scathing indictment of former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass.

While the middle third of the book, some 118 pages or so, takes us back to a general history of Egyptian rule by foreign powers, the first and last third sections expose the recently dismissed Hawass, characterising him as a thief, braggart, opportunist, and government servant who frequently indulged in cronyism to further his own reputation.

We learn, first of all, that Hawass was schooled for his Ph.D. in Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania with funding from the Edgar Cayce Institute, now called the Association for Research and Enlightenment (ARE). In fact, by pulling some strings, so to speak, he was given a Fulbright scholarship because Hugh Lynn Cayce, Edgar Cayce's son, knew an ARE person on the Fulbright scholarship board.

Bauval and Osman also point out that father Edgar had strong connections with some very high Freemasons. The Masons have always traced their mystery school heritage back to ancient Egypt. Understandably, they would be delighted if Edgar's prediction that an Atlantean Hall of Records were to be found underneath the Sphinx and the Pyramids.

Our authors continue, "Having said this, it must be strongly pointed out that Freemasonry has been banned in Egypt since 1964, and in the eyes of many (if not all) Arabs - especially staunch Islamists and anti-Zionists - Freemasonry is synonymous with Zionism and, consequently, loathed as an evil influence.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By catherine on 9 Mar. 2013
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The subject matter of this book should have been fascinating - it deals with the way in which certain Egyptologists have tried to prevent an alternative picture of the ancient history of Egypt from being developed. The reputation of Zahi Hawass in particular is systematically trashed; he appears as an incompetent, bombastic bully who is more interested in lining his own pockets and defending the "birthright" of modern Egyptians as the descendants of ancient Egypt than in doing any serious archaeology. Any suggestion that monuments like the Sphynx or the Osirion may be much older than previously thought, meaning that instead of being built by the ancient Egyptians they may have been constructed by a much older civilisation, is taken by Hawass as an insult to the Egyptian people. He is accused of preventing any dissenting voices from having access to archaeological sites which might allow them to gather the evidence which could confirm their heretical ideas. Even those archaeologists who are allowed to dig have to share their discoveries with Hawass and may find that he takes the credit for them. The authors paint a fascinating and disturbing picture of a megalomaniac who has managed to climb to the top of the archaeological tree, making friends with the rich and influential despite a minimal talent for archaeology and a complete inability to entertain any ideas other than his own.

So why do I give this apparently fascinating book a two-star review? Because of the enormous amount of padding in the book, consisting of an interminable history of modern Egypt which I am afraid I found unreadable and simply skipped over. And because of the repeated references to Hawass in the "Indiana Jones hat". This was fair enough once or twice but after the first twenty times I began to wonder if the authors thought their book was so boring that the only way they could spice it up was by invoking the spirit of Indy.
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Haven't yet finished this remarkable book but already am angered/appalled/saddened in equal measure at what has apparently gone on for years thanks to corruption, vested interests and bare-faced greed. I found this book an excellent complement/addition to my many books on 'alternative' archaeology (Ancient Egyptian and otherwise) and related subjects and thank goodness I'm unlikely now to turn on my TV and see denim clad, ego-inflated Hawass peddling his claptrap (unless it's a repeat series, of course!). Perhaps he's finally felt the 'curse of the money'.....! Well worth buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vanya on 26 Jan. 2014
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This book is junk written by two men who have an axe to grind about Zahi Hawass. I do not defend Hawass, I do not excuse his embarrasing TV perfomances, I do not defend him from any charges levelled against him, none of which have been proven by the way. But at least he is an experienced Egyptologist and knows reality from fantasy, which is more than can be said for the two authors of this rubbish for the feeble minded and gullible. Fine, if you like Ancient Alien garbage, but if you actually have a real interest in Ancient Egypt, then don't buy this book. The very title gives it away as being a fantasy book. Oh, and they also attack Mark Lehner, one of the foremost experts on the Giza complex. You see, guys like Bauval really do not like their pyramidiot fantasies being shown to be utter nonsense. And as for Osman, well, just read the garbage he writes about Ahkenaten, er, no, don't...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Koriel Tannhauser TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2012
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I'm really glad that Robert Bauval (together with Ahmed Osman) decided to write a book like this one because it's about time that somebody voiced the issue, that can be summarised as "What is wrong with the current Egyptology" to the general public (as many other authors have very similar overall observations -> for example John Anthony West in "The Serpent in the Sky", Christopher Knight and Alan Butler in "Before the Pyramids" or even Schwaller de Lubicz in "The Temple in Man").

In 7 chapters, about 340 pages (with several pages of black & white, and colour photos) the authors are discussing the following: life of Zahi Hawass and his role in Supreme Council of Antiquities, various bits and pieces from daily life in Egypt between 1920-80s, history and importance of Egypt in ancient - and more recent - times (Solon, Plato, Pythagoras, Euclid, Alexander the Great, times of Roman Empire and Catholic Church, Napoleonic expeditions, and so on), history of Egypt's antiquities (like the author is saying: the "story of vandalism, looting and exploitation"; that part also include story of Jean-Francois Champollion), history of Egypt in more recent times (Muhammad Ali, Khedive Ismail, King Farouk I, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat, Hosni Mubarak and so on), story of Lord/Lady Carnarvon - the same who with Howard Carter discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 (if you have ever visited the Highclere Castle you probably already know the whole story behind it), story of Rudolph Gantenbrink's robot, ARCE Sphinx mapping project (and Hall of Records), and many other interesting subjects (simply too many to mention here).
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