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On Paper

The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History

by Nicholas A. Basbanes

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    Oct 2013, 448 pages
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Connection: The Wonder of the Ordinary

John Muir said, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." In On Paper, Nicholas Basbanes centers on something – paper - and makes it a hub whose spokes can touch everything else on Earth.

BananaCoalMany micro-histories have been published in the last few years, and they are as varied as they are popular. Banana by Dan Koeppel is one, Coal by Barbara Freese is another. The list goes on and on. What is it that readers find so fascinating about these in-depth examinations of a single thing? Perhaps the most tangible reason is that these items are familiar to our lives – we know them inside and out, we use them every day – and because of these relationships, we are intrigued to know more about them. As a result, they become a gateway to trekking through a broader scope of history. But there may be another reason we find these micro-histories so compelling - because they point to a world where everything is connected to ...

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