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VINE VOICEon 7 January 2002
For an armchair Tutankhamun experience this book is brilliant. Nicholas has crafted a book that takes the reader, photograph-by-photograph, illustration-by-illustration through the family history, the Valley of the Kings and the treasures discovered. For the Tutankhamun reader this book is the reference work for getting a visual impression of that relation, that funery pit, that adze, in fact, an Alladin's Cave of information, lavishly illustrated. I constantly refer to this companion to check out references in other books. The casual reader can go as far as they wish because the illustrations keep pulling you in deeper and deeper. If you intend visiting the Valley of the Kings and the Cairo museum this is one book you should have at your side.
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on 27 June 2003
This is a hive of information about Tutankhaten, or how he became Tutankhamun, beautiful pictures, it makes a fantastic reference to the boy King, you somewhat feel saddened for him, his life was not so easy, it's all the beautiful pictures depicted centuries ago, especially the ones with him, and Ankhanasamun (his young wife), they were very much in love, it's a moving reference book.
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on 30 May 2005
This book is simply fanatastic ! The best book about Tutankhamun around - it is the most complete study of his life, his times, his world. You must buy it because there is no other book on the subject that even compares with it ! Enough information and photographs to keep you going for years ! I bought it five years ago and I am still referring to it...
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on 7 February 2000
it is the only book you will ever need to know about tutankhamun, well researched, readable and very factual and informative. Definitely a unique book - a masterpiece!
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on 12 July 2000
When Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, he described the objects inside as 'wonderful things'...this book is just as wonderful.
A brilliant documentary about Egyptian archaeology in the early 1900s, Carter's systematic perseverance, and a superb inventory of all things Tutankhamun.
This fascinating and masterful book should be of interest to anyone who is interested in Egyptian history, Archaelogy, Tutankhamun, or gold, jewels and treasure!
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on 29 August 2002
This book goes over everything to do with Tutankhamun and more. It has an entire section about tutankhamun's life and times, several sections on the tomb itself and the funeral equipment found in it. The book reveals many things about tutankhamun which are not very comonley known and is filled with colourful pictures and diagrams. This book is probably one of the best books on Tutankhamun around today. Many of the other books by Nicholas Reeves are also worth a read. I highly recomend this book!
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on 22 October 2011
Since the sensational discovery of the Boy Pharaoh Tutankhamun's almost intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922 there has been a regular stream of books dealing with the tomb, its discovery, and the rich bounty of treasures found in the burial. The books vary greatly in quality but I have to say that Nicholas Reeves' 1990 work on the subject "The Complete Tutankhamun: The King, the Tomb, the Royal Treasure", is without a doubt one of the very best on the subject and is full of informative information and historical background, and beautifully presented colour and black and white photographs on the subject all displayed in an easy to read format that has a logical flow to it. Indeed "The Complete Tutankhamun", is a small jewel box in itself and is essential reading for all budding Egyptologists or people interested in the customs and religious beliefs of ancient civilisations such as Egypt.

Beginning with a highly appropriate forward written by the present Seventh Earl of Carnarvon the format of the book is very well thought out and takes the reader firstly through the time that Tutankhamun lived in which of course was the controversial Amarna period created by the "Heretic Pharaoh", Akhenaten. This section provides much needed information on Tutankhamun's life much of which is still largely unknown to us. It deals with the Pharaoh's childhood and his eventual succession to the throne of Egypt as a 8 year old God and most interestingly looks at other monuments that Tutankhamun was responsible for creating during his short 9 year reign, most of which were usurped by later rulers. Later sections explore in detail the search for the tomb of the mysterious boy Pharaoh and its eventual discovery and excavation by Howard Carter. The tomb itself , small and largely undecorated compared to other Pharaoh's tombs is examined in an often interesting manner using three dimensional drawings to show its layout and side views. Finally the burial and the tomb's magnificent treasures encompassing golden shrines, jewellery, solid gold coffins, exotic animal figurines, and clothing are examined in detail. This section of the book is in particular a treat as the stunning colour photography really shows each piece described to its best advantage.

When one thinks of Tutankhamun's tomb one always thinks of gold and jewels however one of the great strengths of "The Complete Tutankhamun", is that good coverage is given to the myriad of personal and domestic objects that accompanied a Pharaoh on his journey to his new life. Interesting examinations of food stuffs, clothing, board games, and even touching family heirlooms like a boyhood bow and arrow belonging to Tutankhamun's childhood and a lock of Tutankhamun's Grandmother Queen Tiye's hair are examined and it is these less spectacular items that go a long way towards showing the reader more about just who Tutankhamun was as both boy and Pharaoh. Each section of the book is accompanied by a huge selection of photographs that are both from the time of the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun and more recent ones photographed at the Cairo Museum. Those photos that are contemporary with the discovery of the tomb are of great interest and reveal the painstaking work involved in the clearing and cataloguing of even a small tomb such as Tutankhmaun's. Rarely has a book on this subject managed to incorporate photos of so many of the items from Tutankhamun's tomb which helps make "The Complete Tutankhamun", one of the definitive sources of information for the modern reader about a Pharaoh's burial and of Tutankhamun and Egypt near the end of the Eighteenth Dynasty.

"The Complete Tutankhamun", is one of my most cherished books on Ancient Egypt and I strongly recommend it to history and art lovers as one of the best sources of information on the Egypt of the glorious Eighteenth Dynasty. Egpyt of the time of the Pharaohs always seems to have a real attraction to even those people not greatly interested in history and this beautiful book is just the thing to satisfy anyone curious with this fascinating young ruler during Egypt's golden age. Make this gem part of your history library soon it is sure to become a treasured acquisition that you will find yourself returning to time and time again.
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on 29 April 2008
I've just come back from a trip to Cairo where I saw the Tutankhamun treasures for the first time - a truly magnificent experience, and one I'd recommend for everyone. Before the trip I read Howard Carter's book The Tomb of Tutankhamen (note the different spelling if you look for this on Amazon), and also this book by Nicholas Reeves. Carter's book gives more information and it is wonderful to read about the tomb's discovery and its objects from the man himself. However, Carter's book (at least the 1972 edition I have) only has a limited number of pictures and it was a little frustrating to read Carter's descriptions of the many "wonderful things" and yet only be shown pictures of a selection of them. This is where Reeves' book comes in as it has pictures of many more of the objects, and it also gives information on the men behind the excavation and the background leading up to the discovery. The problem with Reeves' book is that the text doesn't go into any where near the same detail as Carter's, nor is it as well written.

In summary then, I'd say Carter's book is essential reading if you want to get the most out of your visit to the Cairo museum, but I also highly recommend the Reeves book as a companion to Carter's book for the many pictures it has.
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on 24 August 2014
The complete book on tutankhamun is the most fasinating book i have ever read if you are into the history on egyptianology then you must read this book on the discovery of the tomb it tells you all about the finding of the tomb, the treasures the gold and the artifacts that was in the tomb, he was the most famous king of all history and died at such a young age,it tells you about the archaeology of the tomb, the pharaohs burial, the search of the discovery,the treasures of the tomb, there is so much to read in this book and it is very interesting and a must to read great book.
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on 13 May 2016
This book is very detailed and well illustrated with original photos and drawings.Every detail of the discovery and excavation of the tomb is given in an interesting accessable way.I have read it cover to cover and will certainly return to it.
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