A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern-Day Iraq - Fernando Báez, Alfred Mac Adam At time horrifying, but overall emcompassing look at the destruction of books from man made to insects and paper itself.While at times the book does read like a list and at times, I wished there was more, the book is very good. Baez traces the destruction of the book starting in the ancient world. I'm talking tablets, here. He ends with the invasion of Iraq. He leaves the reader with a sense of outrage and grief for what is missing.