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The Times reported on The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril, a conference held at the British Library, exploring the issues relating to the theft and recovery of stolen books and manuscripts. Howard Spiegler, who co-organized the conference, told The Times, "Thefts are a real problem that plagues almost all national libraries. It goes beyond the actual monetary value of these works because they're really priceless. Once they're lost, a good chunk of a country's history is lost. Often it's an insider. It's hard to find out about that when somebody has the ability to cover all his tracks."