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Myth of the Britannica Textbook Binding – June, 1988


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  • Textbook Binding
  • Publisher: Johnson Reprint Corp (June 1988)
  • ISBN-10: 0384140505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0384140509
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 16, 2009
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Harvey Einbinder, a professional physicist and amateur historian, discovered to his dismay that the more he read in the Britannica, the more errors he found. As of 1960, many articles had not been updated since 1940 or even since 1911. Not only did the 1960's edition not document the rapid growth of science and technology through the 20th century, but it ignored major historical events as well as advances in the understanding of many fields. It reprinted pious fables about George Washington, continued to repeat colonialist and racist claims about the third world, and censored criticism of the Catholic Church.

Einbinder lays the primary blame for this on the highly mercenary structure of the Britannica company, which rewarded aggressive and even dishonest sales and marketing practices, but was extraordinarily stingy on the editorial side.

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