©2003 Matthew Battles; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Battles' sprightly narrative performs a valuable service by blowing the dust off our stodgy, conventional conception of the library." (The Los Angeles Times Book Review)
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Well written and researched Battles explores our complex and often confounding relationship to the shifting institution of the library.
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But I really enjoyed this book. I gave it five stars because I had such an enjoyable time reading it. I like reading history books that attack history from a slightly different point of view. I can only read so much political history before I want to scream. As far as intellectual history goes, the development of the library is an important one--and not as straight forward as we might think. Battles did a nice job. Kept it short and interesting while still covering a lot of ground. Gardner is, as always, a pleasant listen.
Awful. Awful. A fine writer who is completely disorganized. Skips from topic to topic, era to ear and back again. What a shame. The reader is just fine but that doesn't' compensate for a truly terrible mess of a book.
This book ties together so many ideas and historical events. It's the kind of book that pieces together isolated bits of information into what eventually becomes knowledge.
Furthermore, at under seven hours, it never gets tedious or mired down in detail.
A wonderful listen, and well worth your time.
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