Picks and Pans Review: Pyramids, Mummies and Tombs
Bob Brier, an unnervingly enthusiastic Egyptologist—he once mummified a cadaver using the ancients' techniques—hops from Egypt to Peru to Mexico to China for a three-hour rundown of all you will probably ever need to know about the pyramids, their architects, their function and their dead inhabitants. Brier's bounding energy and peppy commentary are occasionally hard to take. ("It took 150 million bricks to build this baby!") But, then, just about everyone else here has been lifeless for millennia. And the trivia is good. Did you know the Maya are believed to have come up with the idea of zero?
Bottom Line: Peak viewing