A universal history of the destruction of books: from ancient Sumer to modern Iraq
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New York : Atlas & Co. :, [2008].
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xii, 354 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 19 cm.
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A product of 10 years' research and support from leading American and European universities, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books traces the tragic story which encapsulates: the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer; the widespread looting of libraries in post-war Iraq; the levelling of the Library of Alexandria; the burning of books by Crusaders and Nazis; and censorship against authors. With diligence and grace, Baez mounts a compelling investigation into the motives behind such destruction and the perverse 'anti-creationism' which it embodies.
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Originally published: Barcelona : Ediciones Destino, 2004, under title: Historia universal de la destrucción de libros: de las tablillas sumerias a la Guerra de Irak.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [283]-336) and index.
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A product of ten years of research and support from leading American and European universities, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books traces a tragic story: the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer, the widespread looting of libraries in post-war Iraq, the leveling of the Library of Alexandria, book burnings by Crusaders and Nazis, and censorship against authors past and present. With diligence and grace, Báez mounts a compelling investigation into the motives behind the destruction of books, reading man's violence against writing as a perverse anti-creation. His findings ultimately attest to the lasting power of books as the great human repository of knowledge and memory, fragile yet vital bulwarks against the intransigence and barbarity of every age.--From publisher description.
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Translated from the Spanish.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Báez, F., & Mac Adam, A. J. (2008). A universal history of the destruction of books: from ancient Sumer to modern Iraq. New York: Atlas & Co..

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Báez, Fernando, 1970- and Alfred J. Mac Adam. 2008. A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq. New York: Atlas & Co..

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Báez, Fernando, 1970- and Alfred J. Mac Adam, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq. New York: Atlas & Co., 2008.

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Báez, Fernando, and Alfred J. Mac Adam. A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq. New York: Atlas & Co., 2008. Print.

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