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

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Atlas & Company, 2008 - History - 354 pages
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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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User Review  - WaxPoetic - LibraryThing

For as well-written and translated as this wonderful and important work is, and as well-organized and thoroughly researched as it is, this is an incredibly difficult book to read. BŠez does not spare ... Read full review

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User Review  - dandi - LibraryThing

As a catalog of causes and notable instances of books being destroyed, this is a fantastic book. The introduction hints that this is, in fact, the purpose of the book, which I have rated accordingly ... Read full review


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Fernando Baez, director of Venezuela's National Library.

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