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Library - An Unquiet History

(2015)
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Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved, but shaped, inspired and obliterated knowledge. Matthew Battles takes us on a fascinating journey from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, from the Vatican to the British Library.

The library has been a battleground of competing notions of what books mean to us, from the clay-tablet collections of ancient Mesopotamia to the legendary libraries of Alexandria, from the burned scrolls of the Qing Dynasty to the book-pyres of the Hitler Youth, from the Dewey Decimal System to the Internet. Battles explores how the library has served two contradictory impulses: to exalt canons of literature, to secure and celebrate the best writing; and the desire to contain all forms of human knowledge - to keep all the books. In its custody of books and the words they contain, the library has confronted and tamed technology, the forces of change and the power of princes time and again.



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May 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Library - An Unquiet History
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July 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Library: An Unquiet History
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ISBN: 0-393-35145-9 / 978-0-393-35145-3 (USA edition)
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October 2004 : UK Paperback
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June 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Library: An Unquiet History
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ISBN: 0-393-32564-4 / 978-0-393-32564-5 (USA edition)
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October 2005 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
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December 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 0-7366-9672-5 / 978-0-7366-9672-2 (USA edition)
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December 2003 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Library: An Unquiet History
Author(s): Matthew Battles
ISBN: 0-7366-9835-3 / 978-0-7366-9835-1 (USA edition)
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August 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Library: An Unquiet History
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Title: Library: An Unquiet History
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