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Library: An Unquiet History - by Matthew Battles (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 272

Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines

Format: Paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Book theme: General

Author: Matthew Battles

Language: English

Street Date: July 27, 2015
TCIN: 77475867
UPC: 9780393351453
Item Number (DPCI): 247-17-7475

Description

Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Now they are in crisis. Former rare books librarian and Harvard metaLAB visionary Matthew Battles takes us from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries and on to the Information Age, to explore how libraries are built and how they are destroyed: from the scroll burnings in ancient China to the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia to the latest revolutionary upheavals of the digital age. A new afterword elucidates how knowledge is preserved amid the creative destruction of twenty-first-century technology.

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