The university presses of Harvard, Yale, and M.I.T. have joined forces to help replenish university libraries in Iraq, which were once excellent but suffered neglect under Saddam Hussein and, then, of course, further looting and damage during the current war. Some 5,700 titles will be shipped this week, according to the M.I.T. PressLog.
The books will go out of the Triliteral warehouse, shared by the three presses. (It seems vaguely unfortunate that the name is so close to that of the Trilateral Commission, the subject of so many conspiracy theories, but perhaps even the most conspiracy-minded Iraqis will give university presses a pass.)
The project is the result of a partnership with the Sabre Foundation, whose slogan is "Humanitarian Aid for the Mind."
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