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Richard Ovenden, 'Burning the books: a history of knowledge under attack'.

Oppenheim, Charles


Charles Oppenheim


This is a book review by Charles Oppenheim of Richard Ovenden's book 'Burning the book: a history of knowldege under attack'. The book is the product of some detailed research (and Ovenden, in his lengthy list of acknowledgements, notes the help he received from, among others, some of his staff), extremely well-written and is a plea to national libraries, national archives and other major collectors of materials to be much more assertive about how their and others’ collections should be protected.


OPPENHEIM, C. 2021. Richard Ovenden, 'Burning the books: a history of knowledge under attack'. Journal of librarianship and information science [online], 53(1), pages 206-207. Available from:

Journal Article Type Book Review
Acceptance Date Nov 10, 2020
Online Publication Date Nov 10, 2020
Publication Date Mar 1, 2021
Deposit Date Nov 16, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 16, 2020
Journal Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
Print ISSN 0961-0006
Electronic ISSN 1741-6477
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 1
Pages 206-207
Item Discussed OVENDEN, R. 2020. Burning the books: a history of knowledge under attack. London: John Murray. ISBN 9785290378757
Keywords Libraries; Archives; Collections; Preserving knowledge; Destruction
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