On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand Year History by Nicholas A. Basbanes, Alfred A. Knopf/Random House, 430 pages
As a rule, subtitles affixed to nonfiction books overpromise. A favorite of publishers is one that includes “and how America was forever changed,” or words to that effect. To his credit, and that of his publisher, Nicholas A. Basbanes put an honest subtitle to his newest work, On Paper. It is indeed “The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History.”
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