- Series: Oxford Paperbacks
- Paperback: 492 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 14, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195066340
- ISBN-13: 978-0195066340
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 5.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
The frequent typography/scan errors make it difficult to read. Here and there are entirely illegible passages.
Spend a couple of extra bucks and get a better edition.
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