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Burning the Books

A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674241206

Publication Date: 11/17/2020


320 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

16 photos

Belknap Press

North America only

  • Introduction
  • 1. Cracked Clay Under the Mounds
  • 2. A Pyre of Papyrus
  • 3. When Books Were Dog Cheap
  • 4. An Ark to Save Learning
  • 5. Spoil of the Conqueror
  • 6. How to Disobey Kafka
  • 7. The Twice-Burned Library
  • 8. The Paper Brigade
  • 9. To Be Burned Unread
  • 10. Sarajevo Mon Amour
  • 11. Flames of Empire
  • 12. An Obsession with Archives
  • 13. The Digital Deluge
  • 14. Paradise Lost?
  • 15. Coda: Why We Will Always Need Libraries and Archives
  • Acknowledgements
  • Picture Credits
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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