Library: An Unquiet History

Library: An Unquiet History

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by Matthew Battles
     
 

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“Engrossingly saturated with fascinating lore, colorful anecdotes and deft portraits.”—Hilarie M. Sheets, New York Times
Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Now they are in crisis. Former rare books librarian and Harvard MetaLAB visionary Matthew Battles takes

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“Engrossingly saturated with fascinating lore, colorful anecdotes and deft portraits.”—Hilarie M. Sheets, New York Times
Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Now they are in crisis. Former rare books librarian and Harvard MetaLAB visionary Matthew Battles takes us from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries and on to the Information Age, to explore how libraries are built and how they are destroyed: from the scroll burnings in ancient China to the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia to the latest revolutionary upheavals of the digital age. A new epilogue elucidates the preservation of knowledge amid the creative destruction of twenty-first century technology.

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BookPage
“Huge in scope . . . engaging.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Battles' sprightly narrative performs a valuable service by blowing the dust off our stodgy, conventional conception of the library to reveal the living heart of cultures that beats beneath its stone facade.”
Richard Lederer
“Battles turns an all-seeing telescope on the most spectacular galaxy in our intellectual heavens—that magnificent constellation of books we call a library—and brings into focus the brightest stars and blackest holes in its dynamic history.”
Nicholas Basbanes
“Matthew Battles knows his way around the stacks as well as anyone. . . . This book is a delight.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393020298
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/19/2003
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Battles is the author of Palimpsest and Library: An Unquiet History and a program fellow at the Berkman Center of Harvard University, where he is associate director of metaLAB, a research group exploring the bounds of networked culture.

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((This is just a short writing I did in the middle of class one day, not quite a story, not quite a poem...)) The monster comes for me. I can feel it creeping to fill my limbs, demanding control. I count the seconds down. 12...11...10... 10 more seconds before I lose control... 9...8...7... I close my eyes and plead. "Leave me alone..." 6...5...4... I swallow hard as the truth settles in. 3...2...1... There is no escape...