The Gutenberg Revolution

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Random House, Oct 31, 2010 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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In 1450, all Europe's books were handcopied and amounted to only a few thousand. By 1500 they were printed, and numbered in their millions. The invention of one man - Johann Gutenberg - had caused a revolution. Printing by movable type was a discovery waiting to happen.

Born in 1400 in Mainz, Germany, Gutenberg struggled against a background of plague and religious upheaval to bring his remarkable invention to light. His story is full of paradox: his ambition was to reunite all Christendom, but his invention shattered it; he aimed to make a fortune, but was cruelly denied the fruits of his life's work. Yet history remembers him as a visionary; his discovery marks the beginning of the modern world.


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User Review  - dwhodges01 - LibraryThing

I was at first disturbed with historical errors in the book. The author advances a grandson of Noah, a son of Japheth to full sonhood and equates him to Shem. Then I discovered worse problems than ... Read full review

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User Review  - sscarllet - LibraryThing

This book did what I wanted it to - sorta. I wanted to learn more about Gutenberg and the creation of the printing press. While I do know more, I'm overall dissapointed by the world in general. How ... Read full review


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John Man is the author of Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun, Kublai Khan, The Terracotta Army, The Great Wall and Alpha Beta.

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