The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett

I have to say that I was a little skeptical about this book when I first picked it up at the bookstore to read. I had just read the book Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich, which I have reviewed and is under the Old Book Reviews tab, and I was in the mood for another sort of crime/con man book so I decided to get this book. I feel like this is a great book because not only does it have a great story but it also teaches you a little history and even more about rare books in general. You learn a little of the basics of what you are looking for when you want to purchase or are looking at a rare book. I have to say I got the bug after reading this book and really wished that I had the money to start building my own rare book collection but alas I am a college student all of money has to go towards loans. The book was well written and very easy to read. The characters were well written and trying to get into the head of the rare book thief was definitely an exciting adventure. It was also very interesting to have a glimpse inside of the rare book world and how the dealers sometimes won’t even report their stolen books because they don’t want to admit they got robbed. Even if the books are recovered, sometimes it is really hard to prove that the books were stolen in the first place and whom they belonged to. I would definitely recommend this book to any book lover especially a rare book lover. Overall, I would give this book a B+