Book Review — ‘Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World’

everybookWho among us, having read The Diary of Anne Frank, has not shared in the image of the personal impact of the Holocaust? Or understood the Depression as seen through the eyes of the Joads in The Grapes of Wrath?

 Books have shaped much of who and what we are. The impact on our world and our thoughts has been influenced throughout the ages by the printed word.

This subject is carefully explored and presented in the latest book by Nicholas A. Basbanes, also the author of A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion of Books.

This book will delight those who are intrigued by books — collectors, readers or researchers. Basbanes describes books that have shaped our history, those that have made history, the writers who have drawn from one another and their influence on our own perceptions. The author not only provides a glimpse into the books that have influenced many of our current authors but also challenges us to consider how these works have impacted others.

Highly recommended for all who love books, the history of books and publishing, and those who want to begin their journey towards greater understanding of the printed word.