Looking at it, you might be excused for thinking it was just a coffee table book. But this a book that deserves to be read and cherished, not just sit on a coffee table.
Lavish with pictures, maps, illustrations of all kinds, the book covers Egyptian funeral practices since the predynastic times right through the late Graeco-Roman era. It covers not only all the beliefs about the afterlife, and the society that existed at the time, but also the construction and development of the tombs.
"The construction of the kings's tomb would start at his accession. According to Herodotuis, it took 20 years to build the Great Pyramid at Giza" (p 32). It is interesting to learn that "Illumination...would be reflected into the tomb by mirrors of polished metal" (p 51).
Thousands of years after its start, Egypt would fall, conquered at last by Alexander the Great and then Rome. "Graeco-Roman Period tombs mark the end of the line of monuments that stretch back to beyond the dawn of history (P 303).
For anyone interested in ancient Egypt, a fine book.