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review 2020-06-05 01:27
Review: When Women Ruled The World
When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt - Kara Cooney

I do not think I can adequately express my feelings for this book.  So I will just say that I find Egypt fascinating and love to learn anything I can about its history.  I also love women and stories of empowerment and the fight for that power.  This encapsulates both.  It was well researched, well written and the author did the narration herself and while it wasn't spectacular it was what I expected for something so academic.

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review 2018-11-21 18:19
When Women Ruled the World
When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt - Kara Cooney

When Women Ruled the World provides an in-depth examination of six female Egyptian rulers who were able to take hold and keep power within Ancient Egypt. The reigns of Merneith, Neferusobek, Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, Tawosret and Cleopatra are investigated combining strong research and intricate story telling.  Author Kara Cooney combines facts along with what was known about the political environment, climate and world affairs at the time to weave a plausible life story of each of these amazing women. With very little sources available, the conditions under which the six women were able to take hold and continue their rule are investigated and connected in many ways to our current political scene in the United States and the realities that women in politics face today.  There were also many other comparisons to current life that made the world of the Ancient Egyptians easy to understand.  I was very interested in the ways that these women were able to come to power, often at the end of a Dynasty when there was no other choice and when everything seemed to be falling apart, the women were there to pick the pieces up and put things back together.  I am by no means an Egypt specialist, but I have always been intrigued by their way of life.  The writing style and information was presented in an entertaining way and was easy to understand.  Looking at Egypt through the eyes of these six extraordinary women gave a very different view to an often misunderstood and glamorized time of history as well as much insight into how women behave in roles that are still seen as masculine to this day.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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review 2014-11-26 02:24
The Woman Who Would Be King by Kara Cooney
Hatshepsut: The Woman Who Became King - Kara Cooney
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review 2014-09-21 17:12
The Woman Who Would Be King
Hatshepsut: The Woman Who Became King - Kara Cooney

She was the most formidable and successful woman to ever rule in the ancient Western world, and yet today few people can even pronounce her name.

Kara Cooney clearly has a passion for Ancient Egypt and especially for Hatshepsut, that is evident in this book. I realize now that as a reader who is looking to learn more about Ancient Egypt (and who is not passionate about it) that I might not have been a part of the target audience for this book.

 

Usually when I read a biography or a book on a topic in history I like to be able to read actual facts about that topic. With Ancient Egypt (and especially Hatshepsut) readers are left to rely on hypotheses based upon ancient artifacts that have been found. Having said that, this book contained a lot of conjecture not only on the details concerning Hatshepsut's reign but also concerning her motivations and emotions. I don't necessarily mind the conjecture concerning her reign, it was the conjecture about her motivation that I didn't like and felt was unnecessary. The attempt to really humanize Hatshepsut didn't work for me as there is little evidence of any person's motivations during those times.

 

In the middle of the book Cooney really starts to focus on Hatshepsut's reign as king and what she accomplished (instead of her motivation) and it was really quite interesting. There is no doubt that Hatshepsut was an important and powerful woman in the ancient world and this book really reinforces why we should all strive to learn more about her. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the galley.

 

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text 2014-09-18 20:09
Reading progress update: I've read 36% of "The Woman Who Would Be King"
Hatshepsut: The Woman Who Became King - Kara Cooney

Ugh...It is just taking me forever to get through this, and I had such high hopes for it. I admit that Hatshepsut is a very interesting woman that deserves to have her story told. She ruled Egypt as a woman when it was extremely unheard of. Unfortunately there is not much concrete knowledge of the details of her reign. That shows a lot in this book. This is filled with conjecture (which the author admits to right away). While the author uses knowledge gained from being an Egyptologist for many years, it is frustrating hearing mostly theories and not fact. Pretty much the words I am using to describe this so far are: Perhaps, Possibly, and Probably. Also the author tends to obsess about what Hatshepsut or other people were feeling or just random things about their daily life (like whether Thutmose III laughed a lot, or whether he didn't pay attention to his training to become King). With all the talk about feelings and motivations a historical fiction book could have been written instead.

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