Empress of the Nile : the daredevil archaeologist who saved Egypt's ancient temples from destruction / Lynne Olson.
"The remarkable story of the intrepid French archaeologist who led the international effort to save ancient Egyptian temples from the floodwaters of the Aswan Dam, by the New York Times bestselling author of Madame Fourcade's Secret War In the 1960s, the world's attention was focused on a nail-biting race against time: Fifty countries contributed nearly a billion dollars to save a dozen ancient Egyptian temples, built during the height of the pharaohs' rule, from drowning in the floodwaters of the massive new Aswan High Dam. But the extensive press coverage at the time overlooked the gutsy French archaeologist who made it all happen. Without the intervention of Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, the temples would now be at the bottom of a vast reservoir. It was an unimaginably large and complex project that required the fragile sandstone temples to be dismantled, stone by stone, and rebuilt on higher ground. A willful real-life version of Indiana Jones, Desroches-Noblecourt refused to be cowed by anyone or anything. During World War II she joined the French Resistance and was held by the Nazis; in her fight to save the temples she challenged two of the postwar world's most daunting leaders, Egypt's President Nasser and France's President de Gaulle. As she told a reporter, "You don't get anywhere without a fight, you know." Yet Desroches-Noblecourt was not the only woman who played an essential role in the historic endeavor. The other was Jacqueline Kennedy, who persuaded her husband to call on Congress to help fund the rescue effort. After years of Western plunder of Egypt's ancient monuments, Desroches-Noblecourt did the opposite. She helped preserve a crucial part of Egypt's cultural heritage, and made sure it remained in its homeland"-- Provided by publisher.
- ISBN: 9798885789936
- Physical Description: 687 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
- Edition: Large print edition.
- Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2023.
- Copyright: ©2023
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 627-680).
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Introduction -- A childhood passion -- Coming of age at the Louvre -- "A dangerous black sheep" -- A splendid adventure -- Upheaval in Cairo -- "Luck smiled on me again" -- Saving the treasures of the Louvre -- Resisting the Nazis -- Shock waves in Egypt -- "Ozymandias, king of kings" -- Disaster at Suez -- "These monuments belong to all of us" -- The greatest dig in history -- A champion in the White House -- A time of crisis -- The First Lady intervenes -- "Go, baby, go!" -- "No one was more resolute than she" -- The battle for Dendur -- "A cultural juggernaut" -- "Bringing them back to life" -- Jackie and Ari -- Operation Rameses -- Saving Philae -- Valley of the Queens -- "The most prestigious living Egyptologist in the world".
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