• The Book

  • A Cover-To-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time
  • By: Keith Houston
  • Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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By: Keith Houston
Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
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Publisher's summary

We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages - of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity's most important-and universal-information technology.

©2016 Keith Houston (P)2019 Tantor

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“Erudite, playful, and illuminating . . . Houston is both witty and intensely detailed . . . A splendid, challenging mixture of information and fun.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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