Gutenberg: How One Man Remade the World with Words

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Wiley, Apr 11, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
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A world forever changed...

In 1450, all of western Europe?s books were hand-copied and amounted to no more than are in a modern public library. By 1500, printed books numbered in the millions. Johann Gutenberg?s invention of movable type ignited the explosion of art, literature, and scientific research that accelerated the Renaissance and led directly to the Modern Age. In Gutenberg, you?ll meet the genius who fostered this revolution, discover the surprising ambitions that drove him, and learn how a single, obscure artisan changed the course of history.

"His story is one of genius very nearly denied. A few records less, and we would not now be revering the Gutenberg Bible as his. All we would have would be the results: an idea that changed the world and a book that is amongst the most astonishing objects ever created?a jewel of art and technology, one that emerged fully formed, of a perfection beyond anything required by its purpose. It is a reminder that the business Gutenberg started . . . contains elements of the sublime?that at the heart of the mountains of printed dross there is gold." —From the Introduction to Gutenberg

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Contents

The Third Revolution
1
Christendom Divided the World United
252
Bibliography
300
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About the author (2002)

JOHN MAN is a historian with a background in German studies and the history of science, with a special interest in Mongolia. He also wrote Gobi: Tracking the Desert and The Atlas of the Year 1000. Gutenberg is a natural successor to his previous book, Alpha Beta, also published by Wiley, which explores the origins and impacts of the alphabet. He lives in London.

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