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Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack by Richard Ovenden

Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack

Richard Ovenden

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publisher: John Murray Press
Publication date: 3 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9781529378757

Richard Ovenden, director of Oxford's Bodleian Library, reveals the vital importance of libraries to civilisations in this rich and timely history of the destruction of knowledge, and the heroic stories of its rescue and preservation.

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5 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
12 Jun 2020

"a galvanising manifesto"

It's a galvanising manifesto for the importance of physical libraries in our increasingly digital age. Libraries, says Ovenden, are far more than stores of literature: by preserving legal documents such as Magna Carta and records of citizenship, they also support the rule of law and the rights of ordinary citizens. The accumulated knowledge of the past retains the power to teach and inspire in future, and we fail to preserve it at our peril.

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