Enlightening the World
Encyclopedie, the Book That Changed the Course of History
By Philipp Blom
Palgrave MacMillan, Hardcover, 9781403968951, 372pp.
Publication Date: May 2005
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"Superb... Blom artfully brings to life the 27-volume work that symbolized its era, the 'Encyclopedie."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"With exceptional interpretive skill, Philipp Blom provides a fascinating study--replete with wonderful stories, racy gossip, and grand personalities--of the arduous struggle to produce the work that became a testament to humanity: The Encyclopedia."-- Stephen Eric Bronner, Rutgers University
"...not only a tribute to a very worthy project of enlightenment and liberation; it is also a thoroughly good read."--The Literary Review
"Blom, a journalist, novelist, and translator, provides a rich, informative, and lively history of the Encyclopédie and those who worked on it, going so far as to recover some of its unsung heroes, e.g., Louis de Jaucourt who provided some 20,000 entries. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries."--Library Journal
"Meticulously researched . . . . thorough and engaging . . . this book is a welcome read for European historians and for those interested in learning about one of the foremost works of the Enlightenment. "-- Publishers Weekly"Mr. Blom does not attempt to sustain his title's sweeping claim, and perhaps this is just as well; for his own strengths lies less in measuring the effect and reception of lies than in telling stories about the lives and passions of their makers. This he doe with considerable skill, painting colorful sketches of the leading 'Encyclopedists" of the 18th Century."--Darrin McMahon, Wall Street Journal June 2005
"The Encyclopedie's story is both epic and epochal, and Blom tells it intelligentlu, gracefully, and stylishly."--Ray Olsen, Booklist "Philipp Blom is a talented stylist who exploits a variety of narrative forms while tackling a wide range of topics." --H-France Review