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By Matthew Battles

"Splendidly articulate, informative and provoking....A ebook to be savored and long gone again to."—Baltimore Sun at the survival and destruction of data, from Alexandria to the web. in the course of the a while, libraries haven't basically amassed and preserved but in addition formed, encouraged, and obliterated wisdom. Matthew Battles, an extraordinary books librarian and a talented narrator, takes us on a lively foray from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, from the Vatican to the British Library, from socialist examining rooms and rural domestic libraries to the data Age.

He explores how libraries are equipped and the way they're destroyed, from the decay of the good Alexandrian library to scroll burnings in old China to the destruction of Aztec books via the Spanish—and in our personal time, the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia.

Encyclopedic in its breadth and novelistic in its telling, this quantity will occupy a precious position at the bookshelf subsequent to Baker's Double Fold, Basbanes's A mild Madness, Manguel's A background of Reading, and Winchester's The Professor and the Madman.

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It is possible that these speakers are not evidence-oriented, and are serving up some PP PhluV to mask their lousy content, just as this massive tendentious pedestal in Budapest once served up Stalin-cult propaganda to orderly followers feigning attention. Military parade, Stalin Square, Budapest, April 4, 1956. Photograph ©Associated Press. [ next slide, please] AN integrated application solution for show trials ! F or re-education campaigns, nothing is better than the A uto C ontent W izard !

PowerPoint is a competent slide manager, but a Projector Operating System should not impose Microsoft’s cognitive style on our presentations. PP has some occasionally competent low-end design tools and way too many PhluV tools. PP might help show a few talking points at informal meetings, but instead why not simply print out an agenda for everyone? For serious presentations, replace PP with word-processing or pagelayout software. Making this transition in large organizations requires a straightforward executive order: From now on your presentation software is Microsoft Word, not PowerPoint.

Consumers of presentations might well be skeptical of speakers who rely on PowerPoint’s cognitive style. It is possible that these speakers are not evidence-oriented, and are serving up some PP PhluV to mask their lousy content, just as this massive tendentious pedestal in Budapest once served up Stalin-cult propaganda to orderly followers feigning attention. Military parade, Stalin Square, Budapest, April 4, 1956. Photograph ©Associated Press. [ next slide, please] AN integrated application solution for show trials !

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