When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt

This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra--women who ruled with real power--and shines a piercing light on our own perceptions of women in power today. Female rulers are a rare phenomenon--but thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. Regularly, repeatedly, and with impunity, queens lik This riveting narrative explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra--women w...

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Title:When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt
Author:Kara Cooney
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Genres:History
ISBN:1426219776
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt Reviews

  • Craig
    Nov 27, 2018
    This is a fascinating study of six women who ruled ancient Egypt, ranging from Merneith 5000 years ago to Cleopatra when the BC countdown ended. There isn't much truly documented detail for much of the volume, as she freely admits, but I found Cooney's conclusions and speculations conv...
  • Grumpus
    Feb 20, 2019
    I enjoyed reading the historical fiction Nefertiti by Michelle Moran a few years ago. It has piqued my interest in Egyptology and when I found this book about the females that ruled Egypt, I knew I had to get the rest of the story. If you're like me, you likely know more about Europ...
  • Ali
    May 26, 2019
    It is an interesting book. It has a decent collection of historic facts, with a clear political - ideological message. Dr. Cooney writes with authority on ancient Egypt, however, her claims and statements are too general. She traces back events in 2016 Presidential election back to anc...
  • Becca
    May 25, 2019
    Oh, man. I had such high hopes for this book, but it just ended up being obnoxious. By Cooney?s own words, there simply isn?t enough information to write anything like a definitive book about these women. This should stand in its own genre as ?imaginative history.? Cooney would...
  • Cheryl
    Dec 11, 2018
    I was ambivalent about this book. On the one hand, learning about how women rule differently from men, and how it was successfully accomplished in ancient Egpyt, was very interesting. On the other hand, the hidden agenda and aside jabs detracted from the narrative so much, that in the ...
  • Amanda
    Jun 05, 2019
    Listened to on audiobook. An interesting portrayal of the women who ruled Egypt, it does a good job and correcting misconceptions and bringing to light some of the women that history has forgotten. I think this might be a book that would be better read than listened to. It is well writ...
  • Jo Burl
    Dec 07, 2018
    I'm sad that this book was disappointing. I had pre-ordered on Amazon because I enjoyed Kara's book on Hatshepsut and I was hoping there would a lengthy chapter on Nefertiti with all of the current research on her. Additionally, I loved the episodes when she was on the podcast, Eric's ...
  • Jeanne
    Jun 08, 2019
    Very informative and detailed, but it?s bogged down by the authors need to constantly draw connections to current political figures and contemporary attitudes, often misrepresenting behavior and cultural attitudes as some sort of universal act of a human hive mind while ignoring cent...
  • Liz
    Dec 31, 2018
    I was looking forward to reading this book and I did enjoy it. A few quibbles though....I thought the earlier chapters sort of a hard sell because I did not feel there was enough historical evidence to back-up the theme of the book. It seemed the only evidence was what could be inferre...
  • Karin
    Nov 16, 2018
    Based on archeological finds the histories of these queens are anyone's guess.Ms Cooney set forth some interesting conclusions and brings out new ideas on some old(ancient to be exact) subjects. ...
  • Iset
    Dec 01, 2018
    If you?ll indulge me, I precede this review with a seemingly tangential but ultimately relevant anecdote. A few years ago, as part of a male-dominated gaming group, I observed a discussion regarding how more female players could be attracted to the game. The earnest solutions sugge...
  • Ronald Lett
    Jan 16, 2019
    A fascinating look at the queens of ancient Egypt. The author really goes in depth as to how Egyptian society was set up, exactly how we think each person came to power, and how they managed to maintain their power. The redux treatment of Cleopatra is definitely well appreciated, given...
  • Cara
    Feb 11, 2019
    So disappointed with this book. Unlike many other readers, I was not familiar with Cooney's prior work and only picked this up because it was a new purchase by my local library and I love learning about Ancient Egypt, especially the women rulers. I've never read a book with so many ...
  • Susan O
    Jun 06, 2019
    I enjoyed this book from the standpoint of the Egyptian history. Cooney is knowledgeable of the history, what is known and unknown, and reasonable suppositions. What I didn't enjoy as much were her speculations about women and their rule in general, or the applications of those ideas t...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Nov 19, 2018
    This is a history of six women who ruled ancient Egypt. I expected to really enjoy this, having given the author?s first book (The Woman Who Would Be King) five stars. I also hate to say bad things about a book that a tour company was kind enough to send me. Unfortunately, the honest...
  • Gianna
    Nov 06, 2018
    Oh wow, I did NOT like this book. It was pretentious, full of speculation and assumptions that seemed solely powered by the author?s POV. Others, I?m sure could argue that as a Egyptologist she delivered information about the selected women in this book with details. However, hal...
  • ~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
    Nov 29, 2018
    Read this review and more at Book Geeks Uncompromised! When Women Ruled the World is a great look at the rise to power of six women in Ancient Egypt. One of the things that have fascinated me about Ancient Egypt is the culture?s relationship and treatment of women. While still ver...
  • Olive (abookolive)
    Apr 02, 2019
    3.5 stars, rounded down. This was fascinating, but ultimately far less thorough than The Woman Who Would Be King. ...
  • Natalie
    Jan 13, 2019
    Kara Cooney has produced an interesting and fascinating book about 6 female pharaohs (Kings) in Egyptian history - Merineth, Neferusobek, Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, Tawosret and of course Cleopatra. This book compares and highlights truths and historical facts/information as well as provid...
  • Jean
    Dec 10, 2018
    Kara Cooney Ph.D. points out that ancient Egypt was punctuated by periods of rule by women. Many women ruled as regents for their young sons; then advised them privately when they took the throne in their teens. Cooney reviews the reign of six female pharaohs of the Ptolemaic perio...
  • Stefan Bach
    Jan 26, 2019
    Barely made the cut. First time I understand all those people here calling for that half star. It's barely even 1.5 stars. I blame my gentle heart. ...
  • Brianne
    Apr 20, 2018
    While I enjoyed this book, I did have a couple of issues. It always felt jarring when Cooney brought up a modern example or comparison. I understand why she discussed those topics, but it never felt like it fit in with the rest of the book to me. I also think I would have preferred...
  • Laurel Reinoehl
    Jan 02, 2019
    The writing is dryer that the Egyptian landscape, full of "probably", "should have", and "must have". Too much presumption, too little fact (although there may never be more definitive evidence about Egyptian queens). TOOOOOOO much repetition of the same point. And too much belief that...
  • Elizabeth Reed
    Feb 08, 2019
    As an archaeologist, I did enjoy this book for its use of multiple avenues of evidence to form the narrative of these six queens of Egypt (though there is some conjecture, as there often is in studies of the distant past). Perhaps this is why I wish the book were less focused on its mo...
  • ReGina
    Jun 25, 2019
    This books gives a great history lesson on the women who ruled Egypt. Power dynamics, inbreeding, and family drama dominate these hierarchies. However, it?s a real pet peeve of mine when assumptions of thoughts and reasons are stated as facts with nothing to back them up. We don?t ...
  • Juniper Nichols
    Mar 21, 2019
    Like ?Women and Power? meets ?The Woman Who Would Be King.? Much like her biography of Hatshepsut, the author expands on interpretations of the reigns of six Egyptian female rulers, this time peppered with analogies from today?s leaders, and why it is still so hard for the wo...
  • Joy
    Nov 11, 2018
    3.5 stars, but I rounded up to 4 to be generous. I enjoyed this book, though unfortunately not as much as I had hoped. Cooney?s writing is easy to read and accessible, but it could use a little more depth. Maybe she doesn?t want to get bogged down by archaeological jargon, which is...
  • Jennifer Powell
    Dec 30, 2018
    I was so excited for this book because I loved Cooney's first book, and think it's awesome that she's a female in the field of Egyptology and gets to do so many high-level digs and exhibitions. I love learning about the queens of Egypt, so I was excited to learn a bit more about the h...
  • honeybean
    Dec 29, 2018
    Many of the facts in this book are presented as being wishy-washy in some parts, and then somewhat absolute in other parts (i.e. in "Neferusobek" states Amenemhat IV and Neferusobek might have been siblings, and then goes on to state "when Amenemhat IV married his half-sister Neferusob...
  • Matt Heckler
    Jan 06, 2019
    As someone who has always had a strong interest in Egyptology but never did research beyond late night Wikipedia browsing, I was really pleased to receive this book as a gift. It really serves as a great female-centric look at the Egyptian kingship as a whole, even though it focuses on...