The Future of the Past

Author(s): Alexander Stille


A fascinating tour of the past as it exists today, and of the dangers that threaten it, through incisive portraits of our attempts to maintain it: the high-tech struggles to save the Great Sphinx and the Ganges; the efforts to preserve Latin within the Vatican; the digital glut inside the National Archives, which may have caused more information to be lost than ever before; and an oral culture threatened by a "new" technology: writing itself. Stille explores not simply the past, but our ideas about the past-and how they will have to change if our past is to have a future.

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780312420949
  • : picador
  • : picador
  • : April 2003
  • : .83 Inches X 5.5 Inches X 8.5 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : good
  • : 368
  • : Alexander Stille
  • : Paperback