A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq
A best-seller in Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil: the first-ever world history of the destruction of books.
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. "By destroying," Baez argues, "man ratifies this ritual of permanence, purification and consecration; by destroying, man brings to the surface a behavior originating in the depth of his personality." 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.
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Review: A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern-Day IraqUser 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
Review: A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern-Day IraqUser Review - Chris - Goodreads
The sequel will be the destruction of reviews. Read full review