Paper : Paging Through History

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For the past two millennia, the ability to produce paper in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, religion, education, commerce and art. It has created civilisations, fostering the fomenting of revolutions and the stabilising of regimes. Now, on the cusp of "going paperless", Mark Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology's influence, affirming that paper is here to more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 142 x 211 x 30mm | 370g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0393353702
  • 9780393353709
  • 130,508

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"... a kaleidoscopic history, an engaging gift book for trivia and history fans of all kinds." -- The Irish Times "Kurlansky expertly argues a case for its [paper's] continuing survival." -- The Scotsman "The history of paper is a history of cultural transmission, and Kurlansky tells it vividly in this compact, well-illustrated book." -- The New York Times "Paper is not what you would call a learned book, but one learns an awful lot from it, all packaged in Kurlansky's whipsmart prose." -- The Times "Kurlansky's book is published with a deckle edge finish, a process that replaces the regular clean-cut trim of a page with a jagged, pulped roughness... It is a beautiful thing to hold and feel, and it presents a fine argument for the retention of paper as an aesthetically lusty object, let alone one that's thrived through centuries of change." -- The Observershow more

About Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times best-selling author of twenty-eight books and a former foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in New York more

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