A Universal History of the Destruction of Books

A Universal History of the Destruction of Books

From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq

Book - 2008
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A product of 10 years' research and support from leading American and European universities, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books traces the tragic story which encapsulates: the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer; the widespread looting of libraries in post-war Iraq; the levelling of the Library of Alexandria; the burning of books by Crusaders and Nazis; and censorship against authors. With diligence and grace, Baez mounts a compelling investigation into the motives behind such destruction and the perverse 'anti-creationism' which it embodies.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atlas & Co., [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781934633014
Branch Call Number: 027.009 BAE
Characteristics: xii, 354 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 19 cm


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Oct 25, 2017

Interesting history of the maddening and depressing tendency of humans to destroy the cultures of other humans, and a warning against our own times when we’re sliding into the same barbarity. Unfortunately the translation (from Spanish) is nearly unreadable; there are so many unfinished sentences, mixed pronouns, and literally-translated idioms (meaningless in a different language) that I gave up about half-way through.

May 09, 2017

This work made me wonder what fascinating history is lost forever...

WVMLStaffPicks Aug 30, 2014

Books, libraries and culture are intertwined in a manner which creates a fascinating narrative. The scope might not be universal, but the breadth of the societies covered in the book is wide. While the topic of bibliocasts can be depressing, it is also important for understanding human culture. Whether you are a fan of general history or just a bibliophile, this book is an excellent read!

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