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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (96 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Helprin Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“A strange, wondrous, challenging, enriching book….Beautiful and powerful…you will not encounter another book like it.”

National Review online


In Digital Barbarism, bestselling novelist Mark Helprin (Winter’s Tale, A Soldier of the Great War) offers a ringing Jeffersonian defense of private property in the age of digital culture, with its degradation of thought and language and collectivist bias against the rights of individual creators. A timely, cogent, and important attack on the popular Creative Commons movement, Digital Barbarism provides rational, witty, and supremely wise support for the individual voice and its hard-won legal protections.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Aptly spirited.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “It is the only treatise of its kind…Certainly every aspiring magazine writer needs to peruse it.”

    National Observer

  • “[A] passionate defense of authors’ rights and the power of the individual voice…offered in elegant prose and with a rapier-sharp wit.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeremiah | 11/11/2013

    " I agree with the principles that motivated Mr. Helprin to publish this volume, but I also think that the essays start to ramble and sometimes deviate away from the point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by B H | 9/17/2013

    " Helprin is my favorite author, but this treatise against the digital was best left as an op ed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John Gorski | 10/28/2012

    " Excellent! Probably the best piece of modern philosophy I've read recently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom | 8/5/2012

    " Funny for those of us who blog and endure bizarre responses. "

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