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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This text looks at the motives behind the destruction of books, tracing the story of the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer, the widespread looting of libraries in post-war Iraq, the levelling of the Library of Alexandria, book burnings by Crusaders and Nazis, and censorship against authors past and present.
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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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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