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CLEOPATRA: A Life

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer presents a swift, sympathetic life of one of history's most maligned and legendary women.New Yorker contributor Schiff (A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, 2005, etc.) acknowledges that our image of Cleopatra VII arrives through the distorted lenses of biased (male, Roman) history, romanticized and melodramatic stage productions ... Read full review

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Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Jana Siciliano

From the mysterious and teasing cover image to the elegant and informative writing between the covers, CLEOPATRA is one more example of why Stacy Schiff is a Pulitzer Prize winner. You might think you know everything there is to know about this infamous Egyptian ruler, but, believe me, you don't. Cleopatra was a murdering, adulterous control freak who also brought some great innovations to the ... Read full review

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love history on cleopatra

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hard to follow as an independent book.

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Very interesting subject matter, I learned a lot however I did not like the writing style. Rather dry and a bit too highfalutin at times.

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i want to say this is a really wonderful book about this queen who ruled egypt .and it amazing how she start with a beautiful words of Euripides : " Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe" . the maps and this is the first things in history the maps it show how was the political climate in that era .amazing book . 

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Well done but not a page turner....especially not by page 200 of the 300. Roman rulers, palace intrigues, military campaigns - what's a girl to do but bed the most successful rulers of Rome only to find out even they can't protect her, her family or her country. But the book does well in separating fact from fiction insofar as it is possible. Before reading this I happened to read The Rise and Fall of Alexandria, which is a far more fascinating book. The most interesting thing about Cleopatra for me is that she is from and of Alexandria and what that represents. To find out what that means, the Alexandria book is the Big Value Add.
Also if you are truly interested in Alexandria (as you should be), try the DVD Agora about the 5th century Alexandrian philosopher queen Hypatia. Recreated Alexandria on screen in all its splendor and then some. Well worth a look.
 

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Review: Cleopatra: A Life

User Review  - Jessica T. - Goodreads

There isn't a lot of information about Cleopatra's life.... Ms. Schiff did an excellent job recreating of what is known of it and using a cultural context.... Read full review

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User Review  - Caidyn - Goodreads

I love Cleopatra for many of the same reasons that I love Anne Boleyn. They were both women who went places in a male-dominated society, using their womanly wiles to push themselves forward. That's ... Read full review

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