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Not about what it says it's about
on January 21, 2014
Make no mistake--this is not a book about the disappearance of childhood. It is a book about the history of printing and other media
technology in Europe, including the author's long discourses on his theories. Thus, I would recommend it to history buffs, only. A very small percentage of the book is dedicated to discussing the appearance and disapperance of childhood. The book also ignores all of Africa, Asia, and large parts of womens' history. At one point he describes for a few pages who did or did not invent the printing press in Europe, and then adds casually later that it had been previously invented in Korea and China.