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Burning the Books: RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK: A History of Knowledge Under Attack

Burning the Books: RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK: A History of Knowledge Under Attack (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Ovenden, Richard

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Opening with the notorious bonfires of 'un-German' and Jewish literature in 1933 that offered such a clear signal of Nazi intentions, Burning the Books takes us on a 3000-year journey through the destruction of knowledge and the fight against all the odds to preserve it. Richard ...Ovenden, director of the world-famous Bodleian Library, explains how attacks on libraries and archives have been a feature of history since ancient times but have increased in frequency and intensity during the modern era. Libraries are far more than stores of literature, through preserving the legal documents such as Magna Carta and records of citizenship, they also support the rule of law and the rights of citizens. Today, the knowledge they hold on behalf of society is under attack as never before. In this fascinating book, he explores everything from what really happened to the Great Library of Alexandria to the Windrush papers, from Donald Trump's deleting embarrassing tweets to John Murray's burning of Byron's memoirs in the name of censorship. At once a powerful history of civilisation and a manifesto for the vital importance of physical libraries in our increasingly digital age, Burning the Books is also a very human story animated by an unlikely cast of adventurers, self-taught archaeologists, poets, freedom-fighters -- and, of course, librarians and the heroic lengths they will go to preserve and rescue knowledge, ensuring that civilisation survives. From the rediscovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the desert, hidden from the Romans and lost for almost 2000 years to the medieval manuscript that inspired William Morris, the knowledge of the past still has so many valuable lessons to teach us and we ignore it at our peril.
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ISBN 9781529378764
Released NZ 8 Sep 2020
Publisher John Murray Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781529378764
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher John Murray Press
Imprint John Murray Publishers Ltd
Released 8 Sep 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Ovenden, Richard
Category World History
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 363.3109
Weight 391g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Censorship - History, Archives - History
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text General/trade

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