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Masters of the Word free pdf William J. Bernstein s "A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World," an "Economist" and "Financial Times" Best Book of the Year, placed him firmly among the top flight of historians like Jared Diamond and Bill Bryson, capable of distilling major trends and reams of information into insightful, globe-spanning popular narrative. Bernstein explains how new communication technologies and in particular our access to them, impacted human society. Writing was born thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia. Spreading to Sumer, and then Egypt, this revolutionary tool allowed rulers to extend their control far and wide, giving rise to the world s first empires. When Phoenician traders took their alphabet to Greece, literacy s first boom led to the birth of drama and democracy. In Rome, it helped spell the downfall of the Republic. Later, medieval "scriptoria" and vernacular bibles gave rise to religious dissent, and with the combination of cheaper paper and Gutenberg s printing press, the fuse of Reformation was lit. The Industrial Revolution brought the telegraph and the steam driven printing press, allowing information to move faster than ever before and to reach an even larger audience. But along with radio and television, these new technologies were more easily exploited by the powerful, as seen in Germany, the Soviet Union, even Rwanda, where radio incited genocide. With the rise of carbon duplicates (Russian samizdat), photocopying (the Pentagon Papers), the internet, social media and cell phones (the recent Arab Spring) more people have access to communications, making the world more connected than ever before. In "Masters of the Word," Bernstein masterfully guides the reader through the vast history of communications, illustrating each step with colorful stories and anecdotes. This is a captivating, enlightening book, one that will change the way you look at technology, history, and power. "

About William J Bernstein

Willliam J. Berstein is a financial theorist and historian whose books include "The Four Pillars of Investing" and "A Splendid Exchange." He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Author : William J Bernstein
Publisher : Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Data Published : 18 April 2013
ISBN : 0802121381
EAN : 9780802121387
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 420 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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