River of Ink: [An Illustrated History of Literacy]

River of Ink: [An Illustrated History of Literacy]

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Thomas Christensen’s previous title 1616: The World in Motion looked at a single year in the age of early maritime globalism--PW gave it a starred review, calling it “a stunning overview of the nascent modern world.” By contrast his new gorgeously illustrated River of Ink ranges widely across time and cultures and offers what amounts to a magisterial history of literacy.

The book’s title refers to the sacking of Baghdad in 1258 when the Tigris ran black with… (more)

Editorial reviews (1 review)


Kirkus Reviews : River of Ink (December 16, 2014)

An uneven collection enlivened by some bright spots.


Book Details  


Publisher: Counterpoint (October 20, 2014)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 320 pages

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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