This book of Judith Harris's is a refreshing and humorous slant on the discovery of Pompeii. It reveals the newest artifacts uncovered as well as the latest information about prior discoveries. I especially liked the face of a woman peering out of the mud and the pride and embarrassment of finding sexual artifacts and what owners did with them. You could tell that Ms Harris was very familiar with the event and area. Plus, her writingwas picturesque and flowing. I am going to give it to all of my friends with even the slightest interest in Pompeii.