Books: Son of the Sun

A GOD AGAINST THE GODS

by ALLEN DRURY 310 pages. Doubleday. $10.

Fourteen centuries before Christ, the mystical pharaoh Akhenaten tried to sweep away the ancient pantheon of gods worshiped in Egypt. To replace the gods, he devised a kind of monotheism. Since monotheism is the modern preference, Akhenaten is now considered to have been one of civilization's heroes. But at the time his religion was very bad politics. Akhenaten failed; the ancient gods won: The surprise is not that Allen Drury, the Advise and Consent man, has written a book about Akhenaten—a pyramid could be made of books about him and his...

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