Enlightening the World by Philipp Blom
Encyclopedia, The Book That Changed the Course of History

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In 1777 several of the world's greatest men gathered together to create a book that would champion rationalism, free thinking, and secularism--the Encyclopédie. Such leading minds as Diderot, Rousseau, and Voltaire conceived of a work that would tear down the social order dominated by the Crown and Church, a brave act at a time when heresy could still be punished by death. During the years it took to produce all twenty-seven volumes, the writers faced exile, jail, and censorship. But when they were done, they had created a book that would provide the foundation for the Enlightenment and change the world forever. Novelist and historian Philipp Blom presents the story behind the sixteen-year struggle to create the Encyclopédie, the men who wrote it, the powerful forces that tried to suppress it, and the tremendous impact it had on the world.

About Philipp Blom

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Philipp Blom is a journalist, translator, novelist, and historian. He is author of To Have and To Hold and writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and The Daily Telegraph. He lives in Paris.
Published June 11, 2005 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 416 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In the dark corners of Paris's bohemian cafes, salons and theaters, some of the greatest European thinkers of the 18th century congregated, and it was here that the Encyclopedie was born.

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In "Enlightening the World," Yasmin Sabina Khan examines how the Statue of
Liberty came to be. As reviewer Alan Pell Crawford notes, France's gift to America

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