“Adams offers a rounded biography of a grave robber cum archaeologist . . . In addition to being biography, Adams’s work doubles as a comparitive study of opulence and legacy-making.  It’s a fresh look at Egyptology, and the auther skillfully dusts off a historic life . . . the grand life of a 19th century pharaoh.”    – Publishers Weekly

“Adams vividly portrays the unlikely robber baron who set the standards for archaeology . . . Adams presents Davis warts and all, as a callous, scheming tycoon who amassed a fortune and then did an about face and behaved with honesty, responsibility and generosity as he transformed archaeology from glorified grave-robbing to a science.”    

– Kirkus Reviews


About John Adams

Egyptophile, author, retired library executive.
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