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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