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EMPRESS OF THE NILE: The Daredevil Archaeologist Who Saved Egypt's Ancient Temples from Destruction
by Lynne Olson

EMPRESS OF THE NILE: The Daredevil Archaeologist Who Saved Egypt

Rights sold to date: Scribe (UK and Commonwealth) and Chongqing Everbook (Chinese Simplified)

Praise for Lynne Olson’s Empress of the Nile

"Once again, Lynne Olson introduces us to a modern heroine who defied the odds and achieved historic results. Through sheer grit and an indomitable spirit that neither Nazis nor bureaucrats from Paris to Cairo could tame, Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt rescued the Egyptian Temples of Nubia and other treasures from drowning. With her signature deep research and compassion for quirky characters, Olsen spins an inspiring tale with a sometimes surprising cast, including First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Empress of the Nile is a tonic for our times and a reminder that one unstoppable woman can bend history to her will." – Kati Marton, New York Times bestselling author of The Chancellor

“From facing down Nazis, to fighting to save Egyptian artifacts, to rehabilitating the reputation of Hapshetsut, Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt's remarkable career reads like something out of fiction—but Lynne Olson's compelling biography makes clear that every word is pure fact. Empress of the Nile is the best sort of micro history: both an intimate portrait of a groundbreaking woman and a whirlwind tour through the major events and personalities of the twentieth century. To anyone who ever tossed a coin into the waters around the Temple of Dendur—you must read this book.” – Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author of Band of Sisters

“Lynne Olson has found yet another fascinating, unsung heroine: a French archaeologist with the moxie to take on the Egyptians, the Americans and the French to save historic Egyptian temples.” – Meryl Gordon, author of three biographies including Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend

“Lynne Olson’s many fans know her gift for storytelling and bringing to life heroes who may not be well known but demand—indeed, rivet—our attention. Who else but Olson could have found Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, a beautiful and brave French resistance fighter who is brazen enough to tell her Gestapo interrogators to stand up when a woman enters the room? Who also happens to be a kind of female Indiana Jones working behind the scenes—alongside Jackie Kennedy!—to save the ancient temples of Egypt? Readers will devour this wonderful book.” – Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of First: Sandra Day O’Connor

"An exhilarating, in-depth look at a woman whose courage never faltered, whether facing Nazi interrogators, back-stabbing archeologist colleagues, or the imminent destruction of the Egyptian monuments and artifacts she held most dear. Olson’s richly detailed biography takes the reader for a magnificent ride in this heart-stopping read." – Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace

"Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt was one of the leading Egyptologists of the 20th century, yet her remarkable achievements have received little attention. Lynne Olson has done her justice with this comprehensive biography." – Toby Wilkinson, New York Times bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt and Tutankhamun’s Trumpet

A willful, real-life female version of Indiana Jones, Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt refused to be cowed by anyone or anything. As a brave member of the French Resistance in World War II she had survived imprisonment by the Nazis; in her fight to save the temples she had to face down two of the most daunting leaders of the postwar world, Egyptian President Abdel Nasser and French President Charles de Gaulle. As she told one reporter, “You don't get anywhere without a fight, you know.”

We are thrilled to share the new book by Lynne Olson who is turning her attention to the story of an incredible and fearless woman whose achievements have until now been nearly completely unrecognized. Not only was Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt an extraordinary French archaeologist in a “man’s world,” but she had also been a brave member of the French Resistance in WWII. Later, in the 1960’s she adamantly fought a race against the clock to help save the Egyptian temples (including the Met Museum's Temple of Dendur) from ending up at the bottom of the reservoir caused by the construction of the Aswan Dam.

In her signature style of exciting and accessible narrative, Olson gives a fascinating description of Ancient Egypt and culture. Desroches-Noblecourt was an expert in her field and in this book Olson tosses us into the world of this brave woman who made difficult choices to leave her family and live in the desert in order to preserve culture and history for the future.

No one could tell this story better than New York Times bestselling author, Lynne Olson.

Olson’s most recent NYTimes Bestseller, MADAME FOURCADE’S SECRET WAR (March 2019), was named one of THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND THE WASHINGTON POST. This fascinating story is the little-known true story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II, The Washington Post says, “Brava to Lynne Olson for a biography that should challenge any outdated assumptions about who deserves to be called a hero.”

“Fast-paced and impressively researched . . . Olson writes with verve and a historian’s authority. . . . With this gripping tale, Lynne Olson pays [Marie-Madeleine Fourcade] what history has so far denied her. France, slow to confront the stain of Vichy, would do well to finally honor a fighter most of us would want in our foxhole.”—The New York Times Book Review

Lynne Olson has written eight books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called her “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.” In addition to MADAME FOURCADE’S SECRET WAR, she’s written LAST HOPE ISLAND, THOSE ANGRY DAYS, and CITIZENS OF LONDON. She is the consulting historian for the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Previous publishers of Lynne Olson: Chinese (simplified): Chongqing Culture Inspiration Co; Chinese (simplified): Social Sciences Academic Press; Japanese: Kokusho Kankokai; Polish: Bellona; Portuguese (Brazil): Editora Globo; Spanish: Desperta Ferro Ediciones; UK/BC: Scribe

MADAME FOURCADE’S SECRET WAR was sold to UK/BC (Scribe) and Chinese (simplified) Social Sciences Academic Press.