• Treasured

  • How Tutankhamun Shaped a Century
  • By: Christina Riggs
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A bold new history of the discovery of King Tut and the seismic impact it left on modern society

When it was discovered in 1922, in an Egypt newly independent of the British Empire, the 3,300-year-old tomb of Tutankhamun sent shockwaves around the world. The boy-king became a household name overnight and kick-started an international obsession that continues to this day. From pop culture and politics to tourism and the heritage industry, it’s impossible to imagine the past century without the discovery of Tutankhamun - yet so much of the story remains untold.

In Treasured, Christina Riggs weaves compelling historical analysis with tales of lives touched, or changed forever, by an encounter with the boy-king. Who remembers that Jacqueline Kennedy first welcomed the young pharaoh to America? That a Tutankhamun revival in the 1960s helped save the ancient temples of Egyptian Nubia? Or that the British Museum’s landmark Tutankhamun exhibition in 1972 remains its most successful ever? But not everything about "King Tut" glitters: Tours of his treasures in the 1970s were linked to Big Oil, his mummified remains have been exploited in the name of science, and accounts of his tomb’s discovery exclude Egyptian archaeologists.

Treasured offers a bold new history of the young pharaoh who has as much to tell us about our world as his own.

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©2022 Christina Riggs (P)2022 PublicAffairs
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  • Categories: History

Critic Reviews

"This is no dry tome, but a tale of personal obsessions -- her own, and that of many others, who were affected by this most sensational discovery.”—Paul Strathern, author of Empire: A History of the New World

“Searching, masterful and eloquent, Treasured plunges the reader into the mesmerizing story of Tutankhamun and the unending struggle for meaning, identity and money his rediscovery ignited a century ago. A deeply personal account that reveals how the scientific claims of Egyptology remain unable to match the mythological power of Tutmania, and how gazing on the boy king's golden face has shaped our perceptions of Egypt - and ourselves.”—James Delbourgo, author of Collecting the World

“At last, a serious treatment of one of the twentieth century's most important cultural icons. Impeccably researched and beautifully written, Treasured is infinitely more accurate and fascinating than what's gone before."—David Wengrow, co-author of The Dawn of Everything

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