"Cleopatra's Needles (the Lost Obelisks of Egypt)." Rob Brier, Bloomsbury Academic, London, NY, 2016.

More history of a different kind. The unbelievable labors and vast sums of money spent on quarrying, transporting, and erecting Egyptian obelisks by the Egyptians and then by the Romans, Europeans, and finally Americans who later "acquired" these monumental objects and moved them to Rome, Paris, London, and New York. Why any of these folks ever got involved in such an enterprise is beyond my imagination. You'll feel exhausted just reading about it.