Burning the Books (Hardcover, 2020, Harvard University Press) 4 stars

The director of the famed Bodleian Libraries at Oxford narrates the global history of the …

A good dad book about a mammoth issue

3 stars

Which is to say, wow this book is cramming too much into too little space, and wow is it ever a white western perspective on it all. I suspect folks who are not book historians, librarians, or archivists might enjoy this book more than I did or my book club. There are some great parts about the ways in which knowledge gets destroyed (John Leland and the English Reformation!! YIVO and the Holocaust!!). But, see above re a very western perspective on all of this. (Apologies to all the dads out there who deserve a better book on the topic.)