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Books on Fire:The Tumultuous Story of the World's Great Libraries By Jon E. Graham

Books on Fire:The Tumultuous Story of the World's Great Libraries
by Jon E. Graham

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A magisterial history of the destruction of knowledge over the millennia. It takes the reader on a journey from ancient Mesopotamia to modern times, showing how the urge to write, read and collect books has always gone hand in hand with the impulse to destroy them.
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Books on Fire:The Tumultuous Story of the World's Great Libraries: The Tumultuous Story of the World's Great Libraries by Jon E. Graham

Here is a magisterial history of the destruction of knowledge over the millennia. Hugely impressive in scope, Polastrons book takes the reader on a journey from ancient Mesopotamia to modern times, showing how the urge to write, read and collect books has always gone hand in hand with the impulse to destroy them.

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Books on Fire:The Tumultuous Story of the World's Great Libraries Reviews


"If you are lover of the printed word, this book will open your eyes, and most likely shock you."
"Polastron's exhaustive research and vast scope make this detailed, authoritative study a revelatory read."
"This book contributes to a new understanding of the devastation caused by book burning. Every reader's worst nightmare is recorded with horrid fascination."
"In addition to an intensive survey of book destruction as policy, Books on Fire provides a splendid education in book collecting as a passion--as well as book production, library management, and great bibliophiles and their collections. . . . Jon E. Graham's masterful translation and the author's helpful chronology enhance this book."
"A book on the subject of books - not only about books, but about the burning of books and libraries - might give the impression of being dull and boring. That is far from the case with Books on Fire . It is a fascinating account of the destruction of the world's greatest libraries that will haunt the dreams of bibliophiles who read it . . . . Highly recommended."
"Polastron performs marvelous feats of synthesis and revelation as he describes the lost libraries of antiquity; portrays such library makers as the Sumerian Ashurbanipal, the caliph al-Hakam (circa 970), and Liu Bang, founder of the Han dynasty; chronicles dramatic assaults against libraries; and offers discerning analysis, backed by rarely aired facts, about the crucial role books play as both vehicles of knowledge and freedom and instruments of tyranny"

About Jon E. Graham


Lucien X. Polastron is an historian specializing in Chinese and Arab studies and has written several books on calligraphy as well as a monumental study of paper, Le Papier: 2000 ans d'histoire. He lives and works in Paris.

Table of Contents


1. Preface; 2. In the Cradle of Libraries: When Earth had the word; 3. The Papyrus Region; Egypt: The Construction of Alexandria; The Destruction of Alexandria; Athens; Rome; Constantinople; 4. Islam of the Origins; Al-Andaluz; Eastern Medieval Islam; 5. People of the Book; 6. Asia Before the 20th Century; Paper Burns Better than Bamboo; India at the Source of Knowledge; The Sword and the Brush; 7. The Christian West; Inquisition; Catholic Spain; New World; From the Middle Ages to the Age of Revolutions: The Middle Ages and How to Get Out of them; The Renaissance's Dances of Death; Revolutions and Evaluations; 8. The New Bibliocasts; Books in Wars; Nazism and the Holocaust; An End of the Century World Tour: USSR; China; Cambodia; Sri Lanka; Kashmir; Cuba; France; Africa; Bosnia; Afghanistan; Iraq; 9. Peace Damages; The Elements; The Library in the Sea; Theft; Death; 10. An Embarassment of Modernity; 11. Flameproof Knowledge; 12. Return to Alexandria.

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GOR010095526
Books on Fire:The Tumultuous Story of the World's Great Libraries: The Tumultuous Story of the World's Great Libraries by Jon E. Graham
Jon E. Graham
Used - Well Read
Hardback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
2007-09-24
384
0500513848
9780500513842
N/A
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