Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern-Day Iraq


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by Fernando Baez. Translated by Alfred MacAdam. Published by Atlas & Co, New York, 2008. First American edition. Hardcover, red boards. 12mo. 354pp. Fine in Fine dust jacket.

“A best-seller in Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, and Brazil: the first-ever world history of the destruction of books.

A product of ten years of research and support from leading American and European universities, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books traces a tragic story: the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer, the widespread looting of libraries in post-war Iraq, the leveling of the Library of Alexandria, book burnings by Crusaders and Nazis, and censorship against authors past and present.”¬†