- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (April 11, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400097002
- ISBN-13: 978-1400097005
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Decline of the West (Abridged) Reprint Edition
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The formatting is absolutely impeccable, footnotes are easily discernible and perfectly formatted, and the translation is marvelous. Charles Atkinson was the perfect choice as translator. Nothing is left to the imagination in regards to what is being said.
I'm very pleased with my purchase, and would recommend this book to anyone.
All in all, it seems like a poorly disguised way of cashing in on a book that has been in the public domain for some time now. If you want to purchase a print copy of this book, there are far better options.
The book itself is excellent; it is one of those you can’t put down. I love all the subtle connections Spengler makes throughout the text. He has a very powerful and well-constructed thesis; indeed it is relevant even today as we can see many of aspects he speaks of all around us. This is not to say he is spot on, yet if one were to look around at art, music, architecture and the like, one would no doubt see some connections. I enjoy books that do this for me, that is, learn so I become more aware of my environment.
Be sure you look at the samples here first, because I came across one for $2.99 that simply had the old pages scanned in but not electronically converted, making viewing difficult ( http://www.amazon.com/Decline-West-TOC-ebook/dp/B007JL2Q46/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369377850&sr=1-14&keywords=spengler+decline+west ). But you could read the first 3 chapters with not much difficulty in the Preview online.
The best buy (for 99 cents) is this version you are viewing now.
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Anyone who reviews this thing favorably is doing so based on the virtues of the original book, not the document...Read more