A universal history of the destruction of books: from ancient Sumer to modern Iraq

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Atlas & Co., 2008 - History - 354 pages
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A product of ten years of research and support from leading American and European universities, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books traces a tragic story: the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer, the widespread looting of libraries in post-war Iraq, the leveling of the Library of Alexandria, book burnings by Crusaders and Nazis, and censorship against authors past and present. With diligence and grace, Baez mounts a compelling investigation into the motives behind the destruction of books, reading man's violence against writing as a perverse anti-creation. His findings ultimately attest to the lasting power of books as the great human repository of knowledge and memory, fragile yet vital bulwarks against the intransigence and barbarity of every age.--From publisher description.

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Review: A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern-Day Iraq

User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

I give this book a four-star rating on the basis of its content. As a read, it is probably a three-star book, simply because most chapters are a catalog of the disasters that have befallen various ... Read full review

Review: A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern-Day Iraq

User Review  - Mark Nenadov - Goodreads

This is an amazingly ambitious project, documenting the history of the destruction of books. It spans from "ancient Iraq" (Sumer) around 4000 BC to the chaos and looting in Iraq in 2003, and covers a ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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The Ancient World
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The Near East
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About the author (2008)

Fernando Baez is the author of The History of the Ancient Library of Alexandria, The Cultural Destruction of Iraq, and The Cambridge Translator, a novel. He lives in Venezuela.