The Good Kings

Author: Kara Cooney

Publisher: National Geographic

Release Date: November 2, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dive into comparing Egypt’s history while paralleling today’s political landscape.

Many of us love the lure of Ancient Egypt, but why are we drawn to it?  Is it the artifacts? The civilization? Or is it the absolute power of the Pharoah’s that actually draws us in?  Join Kara Cooney, an Egyptologist herself, as she examines the rule of five Egyptian Pharaohs: Khufu, Senwosret III, Akhenaten, Ramses II, and Taharqa.  Cooney goes onto to explain why we are drawn not only to these Pharaohs, but also to those in today’s society who exemplify power.  She does this in such a way that she deconstructs their reign and brings them down to the human level whereas history often teaches us to refer to them almost as godly beings. 

Needless to say, this was not what I anticipated when I picked it up.  I thought it was going to be more based on describing their reigns rather than problems with a patriarchal society.  Even so, it was an interesting read to get a different take and make me look at things differently, both in the past as well as present day.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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