Egypt: The World of the Pharaohs
you like huge, colorful coffee-table books, this one
is for you. This big volume covers the whole of the
history of Egypt using many photographs and just
enough historical background to give you an idea of
the context of the art presented. While there are chapters
on history, and rulers, and the role of priests, etc.,
I must admit that I bought this book for the pictures.
It's useful enough for a high-level overview of Egyptian
history, and an introduction to the wonderful styles
of art. It's certainly not meant to be read -- it's
more of a browsing book with interesting tidbits to
link the photos together.
A beautiful book, but pretty useless for travel. Looks
nice on my bookshelf, though!