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Secrets from the Sand: My Search for Egypt's Past Hardcover – 3 Nov 2003


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (3 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500051259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051252
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 2.7 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 667,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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this book is by the famous egyptologist zahi hawass it tells you all about spectacular finds in egypt it tells you about excavasions of spectacular discoveries in egypt, and his struggles to save the monuments.this book is full of unpublished photographs which takes the reader all over egypt including the famous monuments at giza and the sphinx and the great pyramids and newly discovered tombs and the workers who built the tombs,he preserves sites of tremendous pressure of tourism,he takes you into some of the famous tombs like the valley of the golden mummies, if you are into ancient egyptian mummies and history of egypt then i would recommend this book.
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This is an excellent book, beautiful pictures and a pleasure to read. Dr Zahi Hawass is a Legend. Enjoyable Book
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Secrets of the Sand by Zahil Hawass 10 Jan 2004
By alan humphries - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
To begin with I am not sure what I expected of this book. I knew it was not going to be a scholarly text, and it is not. What it is is a very entertaining book based on the excavations by Zahil Hawass over the last thirty plus years working in Egypt. I found the text to be written for a reader with a more than casual interest in ancient Egypt. It is written in excellent form, with crisp text and is well laid out so that the text and accompanying photographs appear together on the same pages. This is a personal account of Dr Hawass excavations and must be taken as such. When there is a point of personal note regarding people, events and details, and how it effected him, they are included and because of such I found it interesting and entertaining.
The photos in this book are excellent, many of which have never been published and mainly in color. The book deals not only with excavations that Dr Hawass has done in the past, but also his plans for site control in the future in order to protect Egypt's monuments.
But the thing I found most interesting was his personal journey. That Dr Hawass never intended to become and Egyptologist when his career began but a lawyer struck me as ironic how people can by chance find their life's work and passion quite by accident.
I have red Zahil Hawass other books including "Valley of the Golden Mummies' and enjoyed them very much. But the personal account and details along with excellent photographs and well written text allowed me to see inside a career of one of Egypt's and the worlds most prominent archaeologists.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in ancient history.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Delightfully Illustrated 16 Aug 2004
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Zahi Hawass has spent thirty years in Egypt working to understand ancient Egypt. This book is a semi-autobiographical in that the first part of the book covers his early days working to protect Egypt's past. It then goes on as though giving us a personally conducted tour of some of the most important excavation sites in Egypt. It is absolutely filled with information that would never have occurrec to the casual observer. For instance, the average tourist leaves about an ounce of moisture from breath and sweat in the interior chambers of the Giza pyramids. The aftereffects of this cause a deteriation of the chamber.

The book is profusely illustrated, with 251 of the 262 photographs printed in color.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A great read! 2 Nov 2004
By K. A. Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
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This is Dr. Hawass' autobiography. A very fun read, lots of great stories, not at all dry. Dr. Hawass is alot of fun, and a real character. He is also the right man in the right place at the right time, as protector and custodian of Egypt's legacy. I was privileged to enter the Sphinx enclosure at Giza with Dr. Hawass in January 2004 and got to see firsthand some of the changes he has put in place at many sites. I was delighted to read more of his plans in this book, which made me feel much better about the future of archaeology in Egypt. It was also fun to hear about how and when he acquired his passion for Egyptology, his first meeting with his colleague Dr. Mark Lehner, and the job perk of "the best balcony in the world."

This book is also full of many wonderful photos, many of which have not been published before; which helped me make more sense of the many sites we visited. I have several of Dr. Hawass' books, but this is my favorite!
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"Why Only Four Stars?" 9 Mar 2006
By Virginia Benderly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Hawass's book, "Secrets From the Sand" is a delight in many ways. Having been in Egypt and having seen many of the sites he has described, I thoroughly enjoyed re-living some of my time there. However, I must take exception to his belittling remarks of other people with whom he disagrees. I am referring to the remarks about Edgar Cayce, founder of the A.R.E. in Virginia Beach. One certainly has the right to disagree with another's phylosophy, but it would be courteous, to say the least, to get the facts right. Mr. Cayce was not a "poor carpenter", he was a photographer. He did not cure his son

s eyes, when a flash powder went off and blinded the boy, by some hocus-pocus magic, but with a sensible medical treatment.He mentions Hugh Lynn Cayce,Edgar's son, and calls him Hylan. In fact, the entire small section seemed to me to be an unsportsmanlike attempt to denigrate anyone who disagrees with him. Dr. Hawass has had enough recognition and enough honors in his field, richly deserved I may add, not to need to put in print his dislike of another's beliefs, however much it may disagree with his own. If this one section had been left out, I would have given the book the highest praise for its content, photographs, and manner of writing. As it is, I feel that it takes away from the character of the man whose work I have followed with great interest for many years, and who has done so much to bring his country's rich heritage to the attention of the world.
Splended!!! 20 Feb 2014
By Margot Cristo - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Zahi Hawass has once again put pen to paper and come out with a master piece! His book are always chalked full of intricate information. And, the pictures are priceless. Dr. Hawass must be the greatest Egyptologist of all time, and this book is further proof of that!
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