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1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on the Publisher!, April 21, 2008
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This review is from: The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War (Paperback)
This is a superb edition of one of the greatest books ever written. However, there is a MAJOR CAVEAT: the paperback edition has a TERRIBLE BINDING, and will fall apart on you as you read it, guaranteed. This happened to every student in our class. Such a fantastic edition of a classic should obviously be sewn, rather than glued, but the publisher has apparently tried to cheap it out with an inferior glued binding which, I repeat, WILL NOT LAST. We wrote the publisher as a group, but did not receive an adequate reaponse. By all means, use this edition, but if you want to keep it, BUY THE HARDCOVER.
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Showing 1-10 of 13 posts in this discussion
Initial post: May 19, 2009 5:44:00 PM PDT
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Posted on Oct 1, 2009 6:51:31 PM PDT
scooter says:
To truly read Thucydides you do not "read it through" a single time. You must study it to do it right. This is one of the greatest-if not the greatest-work of history ever written. I keep mine together with a large rubber band. And it just doesn't look like a classic with a huge rubber band around it. So basically, if you are a casual reader and intend to "read it through," then Commander Jude is correct, you won't have any problems with the soft bound edition. If you are a serious student of history and intend to truly study this great work, then you will need the hard back edition.

Posted on Oct 12, 2009 1:15:50 PM PDT
I too had the same problem. I used it for a month before pages started falling out. All of my classmates experienced the same problems with the book. I'm going to use it as long as I can and then buy the hardcover, which is actually not that much more expensive than the paperback. Totally worth it if you plan to use it frequently. Great book, but the binding is horrible!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2010 5:20:37 AM PDT
Ryan Davis says:
Mine did this as well. I brought it with me on a trip through Thrace and it was a disaster. Too bad, is it really is the best possible edition of this work that you can buy.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 9:09:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2010 12:45:06 PM PDT
Just to contribute to the other voices validating this review: my copy fell apart on me (and I was not rough with it). Also, it fell apart on almost all of my classmates (50ish students) as well as on the year after me (another 50ish students). A precious few stayed together.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2011 5:14:15 PM PDT
@Commander Jude: I seriously doubt college students studying Thucydides are spending their time coloring the maps. Your snark wasn't funny.... just annoying.

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 12:42:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 13, 2011 12:50:55 PM PDT
You have made solid point Mr. Boyer.

If ever there was a book that lends itself to Syntopical reading it is this.

Syntopical reading is the most advanced kind of reading, per Mortimer Adler, and involves analyzing the discussion of topics throughout many books by different authors. Thus the book will be used by scholars and students in a very rough manner and a poor binding will certainly not stand up.

Publishers should realize this when material will obviously be studied in an academic setting consequently should be bound almost "text-book" like regardless whether the binding is soft or hard.

It is quite frustrating... pages falling out of a book you are trying to study.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 12:52:38 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 7, 2011 12:46:15 PM PDT
Thank you for this posting. I was about to order the text for use in my seminar but will seek another text or another solution. Your post saved my students and me some major griefs and gripes.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2011 1:09:27 PM PDT
Well, the book is awesome, and my remarks are only about the paperback edition of a few years ago. I'd recommend just ordering the hardcover - people will want to save it, and it's not that much more than the paper edition.
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