''[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, independent scholar, historian, and author
''Edward Gibbon, in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, has always been my cynosure . . . Gibbon's mind was surely the most powerful and most lucid one that has appeared so far in the whole distinguished company of Western historians . . . Gibbon [produced] a masterpiece of historical research, construction, and writing which had no superior in its own genre in any literature.'' --Arnold Toynbee, historian and New York Times bestselling author --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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"Gibbon is not merely a master of the pageant and the story; he is also the critic and the historian of the mind," said Virginia Woolf. "Without his satire, his irreverence, his mixture of sedateness and slyness, of majesty and mobility, and above all that belief in reason which pervades the whole book and gives it unity, an implicit if unspoken message, the Decline and Fall would be the work of another man....We seem as we read him raised above the tumult and the chaos into a clear and rational air."
The second volume contains chapters twenty-seven through forty-eight of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.