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Cracking the Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-François Champollion Hardcover – 16 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 01 edition (16 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500051712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051719
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 1.9 x 16.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 764,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a spirited account of a fascinating subject: the birth of Egyptology. --John Ray, author of The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt

At last, a definitive biography of Champollion in English! ... A memorable, enjoyable and beautifully written historical detective story. --Brian Fagan, author of The Rape of the Nile and Floods, Famines and Emperors

An entertaining, highly readable and authoritative biography of the greatest decipherer of all time, the man who almost single-handedly enabled us to read the hitherto mysterious Egyptian hieroglyphs. --Michael D. Coe, author of Breaking the Maya Code

Andrew Robinson ... here shines his lamp of Diogenes on the Frenchman who broke the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic code, illuminating anew Jean-Francois Champollion's fascinating life as well as his prodigiously fertile work. --Paul Cartledge, author of Alexander the Great and Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities

Highly readable ... a thorough, comprehensive account of the father of Egyptology and a very enjoyable read ... handsome and well recommended. --Scottish Pharaonic

Robinson's biography is a most welcome and long-overdue study in English of an enigmatic and still controversial genius. His splendidly produced and absorbing book should be in every Egyptologist's library. --Peter Clayton, Egyptian Archaeology: The Bulletin of the Egypt Exploration Society

Robinson's trademark approach insightful presentation of the context of research, understanding of the individual through archival investigation, and clear explanation of the script that is being deciphered Is immediately apparent in Cracking the Egyptian code. --Antiquity

Fills a yawning gap in Britain, providing a definitive modern history. --History Today

An important book ... Robinson has drawn on a substantial literature but the real work in here is admirably his own --The Independent

Very readable ... especially good at placing the politically radical Champollion in the historical context of post-revolutionary France --Eastern Daily Press

A feast ... [Champollion's story] is brought out by Robinson with verve, elegance and perception. --The Financial Times

About the Author

Andrew Robinson is a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, Literary Editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement, and author of over 20 books, including Sudden Genius: The Gradual Path to Creative Breakthroughs, The Story of Writing, Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction, and The Last Man Who Knew Everything.
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A slight quibble is that some passages (in my opinion) would be better left in the Original French. The book is well researched.
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