A Universal History of the Destruction of Books

A Universal History of the Destruction of Books

From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq

Book - 2008
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An investigation into the practice of book destruction and censorship explores such historical examples as the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer, the decimation of the Library of Alexandria, and the looting of libraries in post-war Iraq, in a chronicle that evaluates the political and human motives behind the practice.

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Examines the many reasons and motivations for the destruction of books throughout history, citing specific acts from the smashing of ancient Sumerian tablets to the looting of libraries in post-war Iraq.

Publisher: New York : Atlas, 2008
ISBN: 9781934633014
Characteristics: xii, 354 p. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: MacAdam, Alfred


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Oct 25, 2017

Interesting history of the maddening and depressing tendency of humans to destroy the cultures of other humans, and a warning against our own times when we’re sliding into the same barbarity. Unfortunately the translation (from Spanish) is nearly unreadable; there are so many unfinished sentences, mixed pronouns, and literally-translated idioms (meaningless in a different language) that I gave up about half-way through.

May 09, 2017

This work made me wonder what fascinating history is lost forever...

WVMLStaffPicks Aug 30, 2014

Books, libraries and culture are intertwined in a manner which creates a fascinating narrative. The scope might not be universal, but the breadth of the societies covered in the book is wide. While the topic of bibliocasts can be depressing, it is also important for understanding human culture. Whether you are a fan of general history or just a bibliophile, this book is an excellent read!

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