Napoleon’s Scientists and the Pyramids

At the NYT, Katherine Bouton reviews Nina Burleigh’s new book, “Mirage: Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt,” which I’m eager to see. In the course of the review, she writes of the French invasion of Egypt in 1798:

‘ Some historians see this venture as an exploratory expedition gone wrong. Others, including the historian Juan Cole in his recent book “Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East,” call it a brutal invasion. In an article in The Nation in August, Cole drew a parallel with our current situation in Iraq. ‘

I’m told there will be an NYT review of my book sometime in January.

For anyone who missed it, my question and answer session with readers at Firedoglake last Sunday is here.

Watch for FDL’s weekly book salon on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm.

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