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Alpha beta : how 26 letters shaped the Western world

Author: John Man
Publisher: [New York] : Barnes and Noble, 2005, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Man
ISBN: 076076610X 9780760766101
OCLC Number: 60936567
Notes: "This edition published by Barnes & Noble, Inc., by arrngement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc."--Title page verso.
Description: 312 pages : map ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction : Of giants and genius --
The trouble with pictures --
The bearable burden of syllables --
Letters in the wilderness --
The search for the perfect alphabet --
Into Sinai --
The land of purple --
The selfish alphabet --
The great leap forward --
Why we don't write Etruscan --
The limits to growth.
Other Titles: How 26 letters shaped the Western world
Responsibility: John Man.

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