~by Matthew Battles
This book was not so much a chronicle of the history of libraries as it was a chronicle of the history surrounding libraries. Filled with lots of interesting (though maybe a little dry) details, Matthew Battles addresses issues faced by libraries from the ancient past to the modern day. The format of the book was a little unusual in that it almost wandered from one subject to another and then back as opposed to methodically focusing on a particular topic, spending significantly more time on some more than others. Regardless of some of the imbalances, I enjoyed reading Library, though I might look for another book on the subject to recommend to someone else.