Library: An Unquiet History

Library: An Unquiet History

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by Matthew Battles

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"Splendidly articulate, informative and provoking....A book to be savored and gone back to."—Baltimore Sun


"Splendidly articulate, informative and provoking....A book to be savored and gone back to."—Baltimore Sun

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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.”
“Huge in scope . . . engaging.”

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Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(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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Library: An Unquiet History 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((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...