The Woman Who Would Be King

The Woman Who Would Be King

Book - 2014
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A portrait of the longest-reigning woman pharaoh in Ancient Egypt draws on surviving artifacts to consider her unprecedented rise, her achievements and why most of her monuments were destroyed after her death
Publisher: New York : Crown, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307956767
Characteristics: xii, 298 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrated, maps ; 24 cm


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Oct 12, 2020

I certainly think that if all of the superfluous aspects of Cooney's over-detailed narrative had been edited out of this book, then, this tale about "The Woman Who Would Be King" could've easily been reduced from its lengthy 230 pages to that of perhaps 100 pages, at best.

Sep 18, 2020

Unfortunately, I found that Kara Cooney's telling of "The Woman Who Would Be King" really soured my opinion of the ancient Egyptian people in a big way. Prior to reading this book I had always regarded these people with a considerable amount of respect. But, I sure don't now.

And, on top of that - I found that (for the most part) what Cooney was relating to the reader here in her wordy narrative was far too out-weighed by her own personal assumptions and embellishments, rather than being based on cold, hard fact.

Dec 05, 2019

this author was paid to write x number of pages ... there is very little history in this book but lots of talking about feelings - an in author's own words " we cannot say for sure how she felt about this " ... what is the point of writing a passage on - what kind of mother she was - was she good was she bad ? there is no ancient source on her maternity - as there is not ancient source on what colour was her favourite - should somebody write a book on that ? maybe it was white? and if it was white was it for everyday or maybe once per week? Audiobook runs 10 hrs ... without talking about feelings or stating all that is unknown - it would be probably 15 minutes

Feb 21, 2017

A fascinating account of Hatshepsut's rise to power and reign, written in an engaging narrative style. It does depend heavily on extrapolation, since the historical record is limited, however the book's strength is its humanization of its subject, and the insight into everyday life in ancient Egypt. Well worth a read!

Feb 17, 2017

While I am no historian, I thought Kara Cooney researched and presented Hatshepsut in a fantastic manner. Would I recommend this one to the everyday reader? Heck no- it's very lengthy in descriptions, names upon names, and can be dull at moments. Did I remember everything that I learned and read? No, I honestly didn't- I'm pretty sure a lot went over my head, but I am glad I now have a better understanding who this female King was. I now have even another reason to visit Egypt one day!

Feb 27, 2015

Fascinating biography of one of history's more mysterious figures. This book tells the tale of Hatshepsut, the first female King of ancient Egypt and traces her journey from King's daughter, to Queen and finally to her assumption of Kingly powers. Also offers a plausible reason why her name was erased from contemporary records. Well written and thought provoking.


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