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Burning the Books by Richard Ovenden review – knowledge under attack

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An engaging and timely survey of the villains who destroy written records of the past – and the heroes who try to stop them It’s both amusing and a little bit touching that a lifelong librarian has written a book in which librarians are the heroes. None wears a cape; they do not cast aside their owlish spectacles and transform themselves into muscled hulks. Rather, it is their very earnestness, diligence and scholarship – along with their willingness to risk their lives to protect and preserve the truth – that has the reader cheering them on. These are the stars of
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