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On Paper by Nicholas A Basbanes, ISBN: 9780307266422
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ISBN: 9780307266422
Publisher: Knopf
Published: October 2013
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
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Editions: 1 other edition of this product

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A Best Book of the Year: Mother Jones , Bloomberg News, National Post , Kirkus Reviews A consideration of all things paper--its invention that revolutionized human civilization; its thousand-fold uses (and misuses), proliferation, and sweeping influence on society; its makers, shapers, collectors, and pulpers--written by the admired cultural historian and author of the trilogy on all things book-related: A Gentle Madness; Patience and Fortitude ("How could any intelligent, literate person not just love this book?"--Simon Winchester); and A Splendor of Letters ("Elegant, wry, and humane"--André Bernard, New York Observer ). Nicholas Basbanes writes about paper, from its invention in China two thousand years ago to its ideal means, recording the thoughts of Islamic scholars and mathematicians that made the Middle East a center of intellectual energy; from Europe, by way of Spain in the twelfth century and Italy in the thirteenth at the time of the Renaissance, to North America and the rest of the inhabited world. Basbanes writes about the ways in which paper has been used to record history, make laws, conduct business, and establish identities . . . He makes clear that without paper, modern hygienic practice would be unimaginab= that as currency, people will do almost anything to possess it . . . that the Industrial Revolution would never have happened without paper on which to draw designs and blueprints. We see paper's crucial role in the unfolding of historical events, polit

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