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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket (September 15, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671487523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671487522
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.2 x 3.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,294,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[Gibbon] stood on the summit of the Renaissance achievement and looked back over the waste of history to ancient Rome, as from one mountain top to another.”—Christopher Dawson


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John P on April 18, 2013
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A classic book that shows how US is going down same path. Gibbons did not plan it when wrote 240 yrs ago. it was history of Rome
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49 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Seth J. Frantzman HALL OF FAME on July 23, 2005
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This essential read's only drawback is the introduction and perhaps the aim of the abridgement. Gibbon wrote his masterpiece in the 18th century at the time of the American revolution. Clearly influenced by the ideals of the time, by the experiment of mass democracy in republican form, not tried since Rome and by new ideas of economics set out by Adam Smith as well as the ideals of the enlightenment, Gibbon penned his classic volumes on the fall of the Roman Empire. Previous abridgements focused on the destruction of the western empire, this one follows the volumes through to the rise of the Church and the fall of the eastern empire. Amazing sketches are given not only of the barbarian tribes of Europe but also of the Parthians, Ehtiopians, the old churches of Nestorians, diophysites and Monophsysites the Copts and of course the religion of Islam. What is most fascinating here is the level of enlightenment of the author and exposes the lies that many in the west were taught, namely that t he west is intolerant and racist. In fact Gibbon shows us through his beautiful language that perhaps not only were people more intelligent and insightful in 1776 but in his treatise on the rise of Islam and the life of Mohommed we get perhaps a more insightful and tolerant but critical view then most will get today in an entire program of Islamic studies. This illuminates two lies, first the lie that the west was narrow minded and self centered and ignorant until just recently when we embraced `diversity' and secondly that the modern view of Islam is not only not revolutionary, but that it is not modern.Read more ›
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stratiotes Doxha Theon VINE VOICE on October 16, 2006
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Gibbon must be taken in the context of his time - his writing style, his prejudices, and his occasional lapse into sermonizing. His style is to say in 30-words what others would say in less than 10. His prejudices are many but one that seems to permeate most is the over-emphasis on the western empire at the expense of the east. It is as if the eastern empire did not survive another millennia after the fall of the west. But given difficult reading and language constructs and the slanted views, a greater work on the subject of the western empire probably does not exist. It is an essential though somewhat distasteful standard for anyone interested in Roman history. As yet, there is nothing comparable in scope for the western empire. For a balanced and more readable coverage of the east, I would highly recommend supplementing with the works of John Julius Norwich such as the three part history beginning with Byzantium: The Early Centuries. In addition, it would be good to supplement your study with Caesar and Christ: A History of Roman Civilization and of Christianity from Their Beginnings to A.D. 325 (Story of Civilization, No 3).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry B on April 9, 2013
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I have owned and read previous versions of this classic. One was even a single volume paperback. This is my fourth read of Gibbon. The full unabridged version is worth the money. This one is nicely printed and bound. It looks great on my shelf or on my lap. If you are an appreciator of fine books and literature this is for you.
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A huge (total number of pages is approx. 4500 !) and excellent book.
This edition is great (The Britanicus is also a good one), stay away from the abridged edition of this book: poor work.
This book is a must read for one who love history.
Gibbons, at the beginning of each book ask the reader to not judge too quickly this monumental undertaking, who took him twenty years to write. This is why I waited three years before posting this too brief comment.

Would also suggest several books from Charles Homer Askins, superb medievist, which complement this reading :
"Renaissance in the twelve century" , "Roman Institutions", "The rise of universities".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Traveler on May 29, 2011
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After looking at many publishings of this work, this version was most affordable. Also came in orignal 3 volume format.
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Described perfectly! Exactly what I expected. A must in any American History library to remind us that nothing is permanent and any nation can fall no matter how big and powerful it is.
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By Jason M. on August 6, 2013
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Lots to learn here - this is a slow / tedious book to read, but worth it. I would not recommend this for "beach" reading!
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