Exposes the many cycles of monument destruction and cultural suppression in Egypt from antiquity to the present day
• Details the vandalism of Egyptian antiquities and suppression of ancient knowledge under foreign rulers who sought to cleanse Egypt of its “pagan” past
• Reveals the real reason behind Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt: Freemasonry
• Shows how the censorship of nonofficial Egyptology as well as new archaeological discoveries continued under Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass
Called the “Mirror of Heaven” by Hermes-Thoth and regarded as the birthplace of civilization, science, religion, and magic, Egypt has ignited the imagination of all who come in contact with it since ancient times--from Pythagoras and Plato to Alexander the Great and Napoleon to modern Egyptologists the world over. Yet, despite this preeminence in the collective mind, Egypt has suffered considerable destruction over the centuries. Even before the burning of the Great Library at Alexandria, the land of the pharaohs was pillaged by its own people. With the arrival of foreign rulers, both Arabic and European, the destruction and thievery continued along with suppression of ancient knowledge as some rulers sought to cleanse Egypt of its “pagan” past.
Exploring the many cycles of destruction and suppression in Egypt as well as moments of salvation, such as the first registered excavations by Auguste Mariette, Robert Bauval and Ahmed Osman investigate the many conquerors of Egypt through the millennia as well as what has happened to famous artifacts such as the Rosetta Stone. They show how Napoleon, through his invasion, wanted to revive ancient Egyptian wisdom and art because of its many connections to Freemasonry. They reveal how the degradation of monuments, theft of relics, and censorship of ancient teachings continue to this day. Exposing recent cover-ups during the tenure of Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass, they explain how new discoveries at Giza were closed to further research.
Clearing cultural and historical distortions, the authors reveal the long-hidden and persecuted voice of ancient Egypt and call for the return of Egypt to its rightful place as “the Mother of Nations” and “the Mirror of Heaven.”
About the Author
Egyptian-born Robert Bauval began studying Egyptology in 1983. His first book, The Orion Mystery, was published in 1994, becoming a number-one bestseller translated into more than 25 languages. His research has been featured in documentaries throughout the world. He lives in Torremolinos, Spain.
Ahmed Osman was born in Cairo in 1934 and is the author of The Hebrew Pharaohs of Egypt, Moses and Akhenaten, and Jesus in the House of the Pharaohs. He lives in England.
“This is a book that needed to be written . . . and I can’t imagine a better writing team to have taken on the challenge. Robert Bauval and Ahmed Osman have expertly untangled the history of the Egyptian Antiquities Organization, in all its guises, and successfully exposed the trauma of the Zahi Hawass years. This is a story that should be read by all those interested in Egyptology and everyone who cares passionately about Egypt . . . a tour de force in modern historical investigation.” — David Rohl, Egyptologist, historian, broadcaster, and author of A Test of Time
“Breaking the Mirror of Heaven is a hugely important book. In a time when we can all see ‘the rise of idiot experts,’ this book focuses our attention on the political games that are played with the honest interpretation of our past. Self-serving individuals seek to bury new information by pretending that claimed academic rank outweighs cold evidence. Bravo, Robert and Ahmed, for such a delightful and persuasive blow for reason.” — Christopher Knight, coauthor of The Hiram Key and Civilization One
“Clearing cultural and historical distortions, the authors reveal the long hidden and persecuted voice of ancient Egypt and call for the return of Egypt to its rightful place as ‘the Mirror of Heaven’.” — Atlantis Rising, August 2012
“Bauval and Osman’s Breaking the Mirror of Heaven (‘Mirror of Heaven’ is the name given to Egypt by Hermes-Thoth) is not just about Hawass and his monumental ego and failings; it is an attempt to reveal the truth about the desecration of artifacts over the centuries, the effects of foreign rule, the suppression of ‘pagan’ wisdom, the Freemasonry-inspired Napoleonic invasion, and the political power plays in the post-war era from Nasser to Mubarak that continue morphing to this day.” — Nexus Magazine, December 2012
“Prolific writers with in-depth knowledge of ancient Egypt, Robert Bauval and Ahmed Osman have teamed up to produce a scathing indictment of former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass.” — Alan Glassman, New Dawn, December 2012
“Due to Robert Bauval’s influence, as well as that of many other great authors, false beliefs on the origins of civilization will be studied well into the future. The observations and approaches in Bauval’s books are dazzling.” — Javier Sierra, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Angel and The Secret Supper
“Egyptology has lied to us for too long. Now a meticulous investigation by two top authors reveals the disturbing truth. This book is dynamite.” — Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods