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Power of Reading: From Socrates to Twitter Hardcover – December 8, 2015
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[A] supremely erudite history of reading through the centuries ... Exhaustively researched and punctuated with absorbing anecdotes * Times Literary Supplement * A barnstorming rebuttal of those who hail the death of reading and the author. This formidably erudite history is an elegant celebration of literature and its power to cultivate the mind. * Professor Duncan Wu * This comprehensive and erudite study is a love letter to literacy * Prospect *
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Frank Furedi fled to England in 1956 from Hungary. He was appointed Professor of Social Studies at the University of Kent and has been celebrated as a pundit and public intellectual throughout the English speaking world. His most celebrated books include The Culture of Fear and Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone?
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Furedi is particularly opposed to the post-modernists who disparage writing in favor of oral culture, those who belittle the importance of reading. Despite the title, he does not really engage with e-reading or Twitter.
Those interested will also like Alberto Manguel's "History of Reading", and Stanislas Dehaene's "Reading in the Brain" on its physiology.