on 23 February 2000
Having been on one of West's Egypt tours, I found this guidebook an indispensable companion. If sets out clearly and readably the theories of Schwaller de Lubicz (and West's development of these) and shows how looking at the different sites from a Symbolist point of view can immeasurably enrich one's experience of Egypt.
There are especially detailed chapters on the pyramids and West's theory on the age of the Sphinx.
I recommend reading this in conjunction with West's Serpent in the Sky.
on 21 December 1998
I used this book as one of my guides on a trip to Egypt, and believe it would be helpful to anyone who wants to understand what they're seeing there. It has good explanations of what you will see, and of the author's view of the significance of it. But you must keep in mind that the author takes Ancient Egyptian beliefs more seriously than most 20th Century Americans--Some of his ideas are a bit dotty by my lights. But he is fair and reasonably unbiased. The book format is tall, narrow, and thick--probably about as small as possible to get the information across, but still larger than ideal if you plan to take it into the field with you in Egypt. The size ends up not being totally satisfactory for either leisurely reading or as a field companion. Still the only book I'm aware of that makes a serious effort to be an "on-the-spot" companion for viewing Egyptian antiquities in a studious way.