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Everything Explained That Is Explainable: On the Creation of the Encyclopaedia Britannica's Celebrated Eleventh Edition, 1910-1911

Authors: Boyles, Denis
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: HIS037000, HIS035000, REF010000
ISBN: 9781101947777, Related ISBNs: 0307269175, 0307389782, 1101947772, 9780307269171, 9780307389787
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 464,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Everything Explained That Is Explainable is the audacious, utterly improbable story of the publication of the Eleventh Edition of the legendary Encyclopædia Britannica. It is the tale of a young American entrepreneur who rescued a dying publication with the help of a floundering newspaper, and in so doing produced a series of books that forever changed the face of publishing. Thanks to the efforts of 1,500 contributors, among them a young staff of university graduates as well as some of the most distinguished names of the day, the Eleventh Edition combined scholarship and readability in a way no previous encyclopedia had (or ever has again). Denis Boyles’s work of cultural history pulls back the curtain on the 44-million-word testament to the age of reason that has profoundly shaped the way we see the world.
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