Gutenberg: How One Man Remade the World with Words

Gutenberg: How One Man Remade the World with Words

by John Man


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In 1450, western Europe's books were all handcopied and amounted to no more than a single modern library. By 1500 they were printed and numbered in the millions, bringing about the biggest changes in human culture since the invention of the alphabet. The man responsible for this was Johann Gutenberg. This absorbing book explains how this technical genius struggled against a background of plague, religious upheaval, and legal battles to bring his remarkable invention to light.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781567317435
Publisher: MJF Books
Publication date: 07/11/2005
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

JOHN MAN is a historian with a background in German studies and the history of science, with a special interest in Mongolia. He also wrote Gobi: Tracking the Desert and The Atlas of the Year 1000. Gutenberg is a natural successor to his previous book, Alpha Beta, also published by Wiley, which explores the origins and impacts of the alphabet. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Third Revolution.
1. A Golden City, Tarnished.
2. The Strasbourg Adventure.
3. A Hercules Labouring for Unity.
4. Something in the Air.
5. The Secret Revealed.
6. In Search of a Bestseller.
7. The Bible.
8. Colophon.
9. Pressing to the Limits.
10. Christendom Divided, the World United.
Appendix: The 42-Line Bible: A Possible Balance Sheet.

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Gutenberg 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
richardderus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Delightful book, fun to read, and quite informative.I don't like Gutenberg very much as a person at the end of this book, but I appreciate more than ever the genius of the man to have brought together so much extant knowledge and synthesized something extraordinary and new from that basis.Recommended to lovers of books about books, biography fans, and those with a mild, non-professional interest in medieval history. Those who adventure into different genres in search of dry wit are encouraged to read here, too.
sarahjanesandra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book immensely. It read like he was telling a really great story, including witty asides and all.