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A Universal History of the Destruction of Books

Annotation
This text looks at the motives behind the destruction of books, tracing the story of the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer, the widespread looting of libraries in post-war Iraq, the levelling of the Library of Alexandria, book burnings by Crusaders and Nazis, and censorship against authors past and present.


Author Notes
  Fernando Baez, director of Venezuela's National Library.
GenreNonFiction
Historical
TopicsBooks and reading
Libraries
Book burning
Censorship
Religious intolerance
Cultural differences
Natural disasters
Fires
Violence
World history
SettingInternational