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Library: An Unquiet History
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Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
I don't know much about the history of libraries, but this felt like a good overview. The focus is on Western libraries, but I also learned about Eastern libraries.

I had no idea that the China had the precursor to the printing press long before Gutenberg.

The book starts with ancient libraries, covering what constituted a library, how books were obtained, what librarians looked for, etc.

There is a gradual transition into competing theories of librarianship, and here the focus is almost exclusi
More like 2 1/2 stars. I might have enjoyed this more, if I had read it, instead of listened to it. After reading some of the other reviews here, though, can't be all that sure of that.

Some of the information was very interesting as we leaped around throughout history looking at the various beginnings of libraries, censorship, book burnings and preservation of books. Unfortunately, the author took off on so many tangents about the intellectual pursuits of a time period, quoting (sometimes in hug
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