David Paul Nord, Joan Shelley Rubin, Michael Schudson (Eds.): The Enduring Book: Print Culture in Postwar America, Volume 5 of A History of the Book in America
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“Is the book disappearing?” asks Communication scholar Michael Schudson. His rhetorical question is the very first sentence on the very first page of The Enduring Book: Print Culture in Postwar America, Volume 5 of A History of the Book in America, and it is the question that the layperson, confronted with the rapid technological change of the first decade of the twenty-first century, always seems to want to ask first. Happily, the answer is sentence number two, and it is flat, unequivocal, and unmistakable in its meaning: “No.” Needless to say, this book gets the preliminaries over with as quickly as possible. Five words must be some sort of record.
Actually, The Enduring Book’s five hundred densely-packed pages of prose must be some sort of record as well. Books about the socio-historical context of books in the post-World War II period are very few and far between, and none are nearly as ambitious or magnificently realized as what has been assembled here by the trio of editors...