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The Paper Trail

The Paper Trail by Alexander Monro
Feb 21, 2017 | 384 Pages
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    Mar 22, 2016 | 384 Pages

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“Fascinating.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Monro dives deep into the Asian and Middle Eastern cultures to examine how the discovery and spread of paper permitted civilizations to blossom and also how paper broke down isolation.” —Chicago Tribune

“Elegantly presented. . . . Monro’s focus is China, which he knows well. When the Greeks and the Romans were carving on stone and writing on papyrus scrolls, Chinese scholars were using paper.” —The Economist
“Page-turningly readable. . . . The chronological narrative, beginning with prehistoric charcoal scribbling on cave walls and ending with e-paper, is laden with research carried admirably lightly. . . . A terrific read.” —Literary Review

“Timely. . . . Monro’s expertise as a European historian and scholar of Chinese gives this book a uniquely broad perspective, which would mean less if he were not also a picturesque writer with an eye for a good story.” —The Times (London)

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