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Paper: Paging Through History (Paperback)

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Author of the best-selling books Cod and Salt, Mark Kurlansky delves into the history of one of the most ubiquitous human-made materials, paper. He explores how paper has helped to shape societies from ancient to modern times and has spread ideas across the globe. As you thumb through this engaging micro-history, you’ll become hyperaware of your own relationship to the page.

— Aric


From the New York Times best-selling author of Cod and Salt, a definitive history of paper and the astonishing ways it has shaped today’s world.

Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, religion, education, commerce, and art; it has formed the foundation of civilizations, promoting revolutions and restoring stability. By tracing paper’s evolution from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on the contributions made in Asia and the Middle East, Mark Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology’s influence, affirming that paper is here to stay. Paper will be the commodity history that guides us forward in the twenty-first century and illuminates our times.

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times best-selling author of twenty-nine 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 City.

Praise For…

Kurlansky’s telling of this swift, crisp, and deft.
— Reid Mitenbuler - The Atlantic

[An] historical journey well worth the ride. [Kurlansky] has a deep instinct for telling detail, which he combines with a disarmingly fun narrative style.
— Los Angeles Times

An historical journey well worth the ride. [Kurlansky] has a deep instinct for telling detail, which he combines with a disarmingly fun narrative style. Kurlansky makes a compelling case that paper has always been a revolutionary force – a foundation for expression of every sort — and that it is certainly not dead yet.
— Elizabeth Taylor - The National Book Review

Kurlanksy tells [the history of paper] vividly in this compact and well-illustrated book….He has a sharp eye for curious details….[and] offers a versatile introduction to this long and complicated history.
— Anthony Grafton - New York Times Book Review

A beautiful thing to hold and feel, and it presents a fine argument for the retention of paper as an aesthetically lusty object.
— Simon Garfield - The Observer

One learns an awful lot from [Paper], all packaged in Kurlansky’s whipsmart prose.

— John Sutherland - The Times (London)

Littered with amazing facts.
— Lily Rothman - Time magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393353709
ISBN-10: 0393353702
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017
Pages: 416
Language: English
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