Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mirage (Book #39)

Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt (Nina Burleigh, 2007) covers much the same ground as Juan Cole's Napoleon's Egypt. Burleigh's is the more accessible of the two--shorter and more conversational in tone--and it's more focused on straight history than on drawing parallels to current events. (Which is not to say such parallels are ignored entirely.)

I came out of this book liking Napoleon even less than I did before, but full of admiration for the brave young scientists who kept exploring and drawing and measuring in the face of direst adversity.

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