The Law of Civilization and Decay: An Essay on History and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$59.99
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by WonderBook
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: 100% Guaranteed. Serving Millions of Book Lovers Since 1980. Acceptable condition. Book Very Good. No dust jacket.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The law of civilization and decay: An essay on history Hardcover – 1975


See all 42 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover, 1975
$90.24 $59.99
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"
$9.43
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A work of great dignity and erudition, showing rare familiarity with the data of history, theology, and economics." --Philadelphia Evening Bulletin

"The argument is interesting and stimulating . . . The book is well written and worth reading, and those who have any interest whatever in historical subjects should not overlook it." --Providence Journal

"The author has a simple and strong manner of stating facts and drawing conclusions, and his fascinating style makes the book not only readable, but very entertaining." --Home Journal

"It is particularly brilliant in its generalization concerning the modern employments of the race energy that once made war a profession and a necessity." --Lincoln Evening News

"The book is very suggestive; it presents a theory of history which must be reckoned with; and is remarkable for the skill with which the facts are selected." --American Historical Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Gordon Press (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879682353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879682354
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,985,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
2
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Goetz on November 8, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This forgotten masterpiece, The Law of Civilization and Decay, brings out the old Puritan that lived within the Adams breast even unto the generation of Henry and Brooks, the great-grandsons of John (2nd President of the United States) and grandsons of John Quincy (6th President of the United States). Its attempts to form a scientific basis for the study of history, however questionable, form a fascinating component in the intellectual history of the United States. And the continuum it sets for the lives of nations, from individuals' tendencies towards imagination to those towards avarice, remains a strong, searing insight into that most fundamental principle of all human studies, human nature itself.

Focusing his history upon the lines and centers of exchanges--emulating Newton in the process--Adams examines the disasters that overemphases on gold and the gold standard have played throughout time. Published in 1896 amidst the campaign of the great Wizard, William McKinley, the contemporary political commentary that is hidden within the book can hardly be missed. It is a classic case of using the past to attempt to divine the future, creating relevance where others may miss it and showing the effects of decisions that re-appear again and again.

The one flaw of this edition is its introduction. I much admire Charles A. Beard, but this book was Brooks Adams', and the texts of Great Books speak for themselves and should speak for themselves. That the introduction is as long as a quarter of the book, or maybe more, is the proof of just how overdone it was.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Duerr on March 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a great book using thinking seldom seen today. It is classical analysis. Great applications for today. First saw it recommended in a lecture by Dr. Rudolf Steiner who called it an exceptional book for its varied modern thought.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?