A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq
A product of 10 years' research and support from leading American and European universities, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books traces the tragic story which encapsulates: the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer; the widespread looting of libraries in post-war Iraq; the levelling of the Library of Alexandria; the burning of books by Crusaders and Nazis; and censorship against authors. With diligence and grace, Baez mounts a compelling investigation into the motives behind such destruction and the perverse 'anti-creationism' which it embodies.
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Alamut ancient Arabic archives Aristotle Asurbanipal Athens attacked Baghdad became began biblioclasts bibliophile Biblioteca book burning book destruction burn books Callimachus catalog censorship century bce Chapter Christian chronicle church classics Codex codices collection compact disk condemned confiscated contained copies cultural damage damnatio memoriae death decree destroy books destruction of books documents Ebla edition emperor fire Goebbels Greek Hashshashin Hebrew historian hundreds incunabula intellectuals Iraq Islamic Jewish king Koran later Latin letters librarians Library of Alexandria literature looting lost Madrid manuscripts memory million books monastery monks Museum Muslim myth named National Library Nazi Neleus palace paper papyrus Paris Pergamum persecuted philosophers poems poet Ptolemy public library published Qin Shi Huang religious Roman royal ruins sacred Saint Sappho saved soldiers Spain Spanish survived tablets Talmud temple texts Theophrastus thousands of books tion took troops University volumes writing wrote Zumarraga