"This book will be a monumental contribution to the topic and a staple of scholarship for decades." -- Michael B. Katz "A remarkable volume of critical synthesis and passionate revisionism." -- Journal of Economic History "... ambitious and stimulating... required reading not only for social historians but also for policy-makers and activists." -- Histoire Sociale "Clearly an important book... marks a significant point in the history of literacy studies." -- History of Education Quarterly "A stimulating challenge to traditional assumptions and scholarly commonplaces." -- Journal of CommunicationGraff, Harvey J. is the author of 'Legacies of Literacy Continuities and Contradictions in Western Culture and Society' with ISBN 9780253205988 and ISBN 0253205980.