Review: When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney

When I first came across this book, my curiosity immediately knew I had to read it based on my fascination with ancient Egypt. Even though this book was interesting to read, I was really disappointed on the content. You can tell the author put some time into the subject but much of it was based on theories, speculations and uncertainty. The uncertainty formed through inferences based on what information was available but the problem with that is - to what degree is it 100% factual. I know, we weren't there and based on little information that is available we can only infer but some aspects of the book I'm on the fence about. Some areas seem overly sensationalized but who really knows. I guess for me, I was expecting to dive into this book taking away some rich appreciation for these six women because that title just spoke to me. I was just so frustrated with the male dominance in the book and their history. I'm not saying that they shouldn't have been a part of the book but it felt like the role the women played seemed to support the history of the men rather than highlight their unique role and how they ruled. I wish it had been the other way around given them a bigger voice in the book.

Overall, it was an interest read despite my takeaways. It definitely has inspired me to do some reading further on these women and hope that over time more can be discovered about them.