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Adrian Goldsworthy clearly knows his history and his thesis is very sound. If you are looking to read something less daunting than Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman empire than... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Magnus Stenbock
Was a diffcult read. That was because it was ancient history/Published 5 months ago by Dr.Bernadette E. Sherman
Goldsworthy is an excellent story teller, and this is one of the great stories. The research is solid and the writing compelling. Read morePublished 8 months ago by lyndonbrecht
The Roman Empire, which at one time was the most powerful force in the ancient world, saw a decline in its later centuries. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andrew Collins
Most ancient histories focus on the leaders that defined their times. What Goldsworthy does here is a little disorienting because a major thesis of his argument is that leadership... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chris Bell
The last two chapters of the book provide thoughtful insight (obviously not all will agree with the author's views) on why Rome "fell" (to define its "fall" is... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Oswald Sobrino
A rather good, informative, and entertaining book overall, but a little too much narrative relative to analysis, i.e. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael Lenart
This book is up to the standard we expect from Goldsworthy: combining up-to-date scholarship with lucid analyses, it also tells a great story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robert J. Crawford