This incredibly detailed book tries to give both an academic, scientific explanation of mummy research of both today and the past, as well as tell an exciting journalistic story of the wild life of current mummy researchers. Both sides are very thorough, but the bridging of the two was not done very well. Regardless, this is an amazing book filled with incredible information. The 12-year-old in me was enraptured. Didn't we all go through a mummy phase?