by Richard Ovenden - £10.99 Hodder & Stoughton (2021)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781529378771 | ISBN 10: 152937877x
An unforgettable 3,000-year-old journey - from Mesopotamian clay tablets trying to predict the future, to Tudor book-hunters and Nazi bonfires, and on into the dangers of our increasingly digital existence, Burning the Books shows how the preservation of knowledge is vital for the survival of civilization itself.
"A galvanising manifesto for the importance of physical libraries in our increasingly digital age."
"Like an epic film-maker, Richard Ovenden unfolds vivid scenes from three millennia of turbulent history, to mount passionate arguments for the need to preserve the records of the past - and of the present. This urgent, lucid book calls out to us all to recognise and defend one of our most precious public goods - libraries and archives."
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