Probably best for those with an intense interest in ancient Egypt, this book is nonetheless an interesting one, about a little-known early female ruler, Hatshepsut. Author Kara Cooney, a professor of Egyptian art and architecture, makes a lot of assumptions about the life of this woman, as there is little left about her in the historical record (and her suppositions as to why that is the case are part of this narrative, too). My advance reader edition had 41 pages of footnotes (which were not quite complete) and an 11-page bibliography, so it is clear the book is well-researched. This isn't a book for the merely curious, as the terminology assumes that the reader is familiar with Egyptology.
© Amanda Pape - 2014
[I received an advance reading copy from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. It will be passed on to someone else to enjoy.]