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Library - An Unquiet History

(2015)
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"Splendidly articulate, informative and provoking....A book to be savored and gone back to." - Baltimore Sun

On the survival and destruction of knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet. Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Matthew Battles, a rare books librarian and a gifted narrator, takes us on a spirited foray from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, from the Vatican to the British Library, from socialist reading rooms and rural home libraries to the Information Age.

He explores how libraries are built and how they are destroyed, from the decay of the great Alexandrian library to scroll burnings in ancient China to the destruction of Aztec books by the Spanish - and in our own time, the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia.

Encyclopedic in its breadth and novelistic in its telling, this volume will occupy a treasured place on the bookshelf next to Baker's Double Fold, Basbanes's A Gentle Madness, Manguel's A History of Reading, and Winchester's The Professor and the Madman.

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 1-4352-9056-9 / 978-1-4352-9056-3 (USA edition)
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November 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 0-7862-6850-6 / 978-0-7862-6850-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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October 2003 : UK Hardback
Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 0-434-00887-7 / 978-0-434-00887-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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May 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 0-393-02029-0 / 978-0-393-02029-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.
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Paperback Editions

July 2015 : USA Paperback
Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 0-393-35145-9 / 978-0-393-35145-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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October 2004 : UK Paperback
Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 0-09-943707-4 / 978-0-09-943707-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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June 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 0-393-32564-4 / 978-0-393-32564-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Audio Editions

December 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 0-7366-9672-5 / 978-0-7366-9672-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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December 2003 : USA Audio CD
Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 0-7366-9835-3 / 978-0-7366-9835-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

August 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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February 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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