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Publisher's Summary

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. Learn about the Egyptian gods, mummification and how the Egyptians built the only wonder of the ancient world still standing - the Pyramids of Giza. Exploring the historic rise of Egyptian civilization and its continued influence on the world today, Ancient Egypt in an Hour is an excellent companion to a mysterious and enthralling period of history.

©2013 Anthony Holmes (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past." (Dominic Sandbrook)
"The practice of history is ever-evolving, and the History in an Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age." (Andrew Roberts, Bookseller)
"This is genius." ( MacWorld.com)

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very interesting topic worth a listen

the book was interesting and provided some new insights. but most of the information was well known.

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Great Primer - Just The Basics

A great way to get a high level overview of over three thousand years of history and choose what you want to research further. For me it was looking further into Rameses. What will you explore?

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  • Lea Davenport
  • 04-08-16

The True Sands of Time

A vast period of time and history is covered here in just a very limited amount of time but the
Producers make a good and worthy attempt!
Of particular interest to this listener is the pre Pharonic period, little known bit nevertheless Interesting.

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  • Mr. C. J. King
  • 03-20-16

Talk like an Egyptian

All the History in an Hour books I have purchased have been good, but this one I find particularly interesting and informative. I have in fact listened to it several times and still manage to glean new facts from it. These should be on the National Curriculum.

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  • Arnold Cossor
  • 09-21-15

Concise and interesting introduction

Good introduction .
It is well read and its shortness is refreshing as many audiobooks on ancient history and history in general can be excessively long.


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  • Jo
  • 10-22-19

Great intro series

The 'History in an Hour' series is wonderful for anyone wanting to dip their toe into a subject for a great price. However, don't be fooled by them only being an hour long, I have many episodes of the series and each one I have listened to so far is packed with information on the relevant subject, and, is a great primer to explore the each subject further. Worth every penny.