By Nicholas A. Basbanes
A most sensible e-book of the 12 months: Mother Jones, Bloomberg News, National Post, Kirkus
In those pages, Nicholas Basbanes—the consummate bibliophile’s bibliophile—shows how paper has been civilization’s consistent significant other. It preserves our heritage and provides checklist to our very best literary, cultural, and medical accomplishments. for the reason that its invention in China approximately millennia in the past, the know-how of paper has unfold through the inhabited international.
With deep wisdom and care, Basbanes strains paper’s path from the earliest hand-crafted sheets to the modern day turbines. Paper, yoked to politics, has performed a very important function within the unfolding of landmark occasions, from the yank Revolution to Daniel Ellsberg’s Pentagon Papers to the aftermath of September 11. with out paper, smooth hygienic perform will be unbelievable; as foreign money, humans will do nearly whatever to own it; and, as a device of expression, it truly is inextricable from human tradition. Lavishly researched, compellingly written, this masterful consultant illuminates paper’s never-ending possibilities.