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  • Writer's pictureMichael Lee Simpson


All the Knowledge in the World: The Extraordinary History of the Encyclopedia swirls with an almighty whirlwind of fascinating information, uncovering the narrative of something we’ve always known, but never about. It all begins with Andrew Bell, the Scottish engraver and cofounder of the Encyclopedia Britannica—the original volume published in 1768—and travels uncharted territory in a fascinating, inquisitive time capsule.

Simon Garfield, an author or editor of over 20 books, including the international bestsellers Just My Type: A Book About Fonts, On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks, and Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World, is undoubtedly meant take the reins. Soaring through twenty-six chapters thematically titled A to Z, his factoid-rich tale unravels like a heavy encyclopedia of its own.

-Reader's Digest

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