This book was published in the wave of the King Tut craze of the late 70s. The exhibit toured the United States at that tme, and it brought the Egyptian Pharaoah as well as his myseterious history into the mainstream mind. This is a very interesting read for history buff, and those with a casual curiosity, alike.
Marvelous, readable survey and detailed stories of the politics and the personalities of this world shaking discovery of an Egyptian pharoah's tomb - and intact with the multiple treasures stored along with the mummy remains of the boy-King found within three magnificent surrounds. Thomas Hoving was one of the best things that ever happened to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; along with his genius for public relations was the presentation of many beautiful and exotic artifacts from these tomb rooms to New York and other states for exhibit. His writing takes the reader onsite to England, U.S. of A., and in Egypt's heat, in the hysteria and in the ruthless and gigantic press battles and coverage, as well as figuratively, participant in the tomb's excavation, discoveries and years of preservation thereafter. The tomb and the artifacts are to this day, still at risk from loss and deterioration within the ownership established years ago in the Egyptian government, sad to say. A fascinating rendition of what it is like to win Olympic Gold and then having to preserve the "win".