The Guardian of All Things by Michael S. Malone
The Epic Story of Human Memory

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A fascinating exploration of the history of memory and human civilization

 

Memory makes us human. No other animal carries in its brain so many memories of such complexity nor so regularly revisits those memories for happiness, safety, and the accomplishment of complex tasks. Human civilization continues because we are able to pass along memories from one person to another, from one generation to the next.

The Guardian of All Things is a sweeping scientific history that takes us on a 10,000-year-old journey replete with incredible ideas, inventions, and transformations. From cave drawings to oral histories to libraries to the internet, The Guardian of All Things is the history of how humans have relentlessly pursued new ways to preserve and manage memory, both within the human brain and as a series of inventions external to it. Michael S. Malone looks at the story of memory, both human and mechanical, and the historic turning points in that story that have not only changed our relationship to memory, but have also changed our human fabric. Full of anecdotes, history, and advances of civilization and technology, The Guardian of All Things is a lively, epic journey along a trajectory of history no other book has ever described, one that will appeal to the curious as well as the specialist.

 

About Michael S. Malone

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MICHAEL S. MALONE is one of the nation's best-known technology writers. He is the current ABCNews.com "Silicon Insider" columnist and editor-in-chief of the Silicon Valley new site, Edgelings.com. A former New York Times columnist, Malone has also contributed numerous articles and editorials to The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Fortune. He has also authored and co-authored more than a dozen books, notably the best-selling Virtual Corporation, Bill & Dave and The Future Arrived Yesterday. M alone holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, is an honorary fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University, and is a Distinguished Friend of Oxford University.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 305 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Self Help, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Every living organism possesses a memory, however primitive, but Homo sapiens carried it to a dazzling level, writes technology journalist Malone (The Future Arrived Yesterday: The Rise of the Protean Corporation and What It Means for You, 2009, etc.) in this ingenious, richly complex account of ...

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“[T]he story of memory... is the story of freedom,” writes ABCNews.com technology writer Malone (The Future Arrived Yesterday) in this sweeping and ambitious story. He traces the spread of memory and

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He traces the spread of memory and the ability to record memories from the individual to the tribe, to rulers and bureaucrats, to everyone—the “democratization of memory.” Conducting us on a tour of the development of human memory, Malone explains its forms and function, from Neanderthals, ...

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Readers who are not tech savvy may be overwhelmed by the load of the terminology in this part of the book, and while the different types of memory are well explained, the names of the many Silicon Valley figures populated the end of the book ran together for such readers.

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