Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books and a former foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in New York City.
"The history of paper is a history of cultural transmission, and
Kurlansky tells it vividly in this compact, well-illustrated book."
-- The New York Times
"Kurlansky's book is published with a deckle edge finish, a process that replaces the regular clean-cut trim of a page with a jagged, pulped roughness... It is a beautiful thing to hold and feel, and it presents a fine argument for the retention of paper as an aesthetically lusty object, let alone one that's thrived through centuries of change." -- The Observer
"Kurlansky expertly argues a case for its [paper's] continuing survival." -- The Scotsman
"Kurlansky... explains how something so simple came to play such a vital part in history." -- The Sunday Business Post
"Paper is not what you would call a learned book, but one learns an awful lot from it, all packaged in Kurlansky's whipsmart prose." -- The Times