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Product Details

  • Paperback: 644 pages
  • Publisher: IndyPublish (March 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404306994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404306998
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,434,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gibbon's work is simply the best history of any period ever written in the English language. His prose is fluid and musical, his research into the authentic source materials exhaustive and complete, and his mastery of the elements of structure and pace make his exposition eminently lucid. In short, his history combines all the elements required of historical prose: it is precise, accurate, and readable. And in addition to all this, Gibbon has given us a history of one of the most important, but least well understood periods of transition in Western civilization: bridging the gap from the end of classical antiquity to the beginning of the Renaissance. I highly recommend this masterpiece to anyone interested in the history of Europe. Whether you are an expert or a novice you will find this work both greatly entertaining and informative. A must have in any serious library!
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I am still on volume one, and am astonished by the quality of prose. Keep an open internet connection handy to google words however. Some are antique and not currently in usage. This fellow is among the best writers I have ever read. Clive James, Hitchens, Orwell, Huxley, and any historical writer is in debt to Gibbons.
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I love it because it made the History Major Husband happy. That's why. Know what I want? A book called, "How to Not Have Your Eyes Glaze Over While Not One But Two Husbands Talk About Ancient Rome." That's right. I've been through this twice. You know, I ought to write that book. I bet it'd be spectacular. Wowza, I better call Random House--I've got a winner. Maybe I can do it cosmetics-cop emoji rating style with smilies, frowns, and maybe that little thing that looks like poo but not tacky like real poo. Like Caligula, he would TOTALLY get one of those little crappy emojis.

Honestly, this is the one you want. Cause my husband said so. He is The Man. He knows. He says Womersley is the best editor. And when he gets done reading this, he works on his Lego collection. It's the ying, and the yang. Dead Romans, little plastic stormtroopers. Livin' the dream, baby.
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As per my review of the first volume, the writing may be a little dated, but it is entertaining to read. Gibbon was well ahead of his time in terms of historical accounts. His gives a richly detailed account of the Western Empire's decline and the continuation of the Eastern Empire. Well worth the effort.
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Extensive history. Once you acclimate yourself with 18th century prose the history flows and understanding increases. There are many parallels that can be drawn with our 21st century American republic. I find it worth the effort and will read vol III.
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By nabetz on August 8, 2005
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Now THAT is what one might call a unidimensional review. I won't pretend to have yet read the entire work, but based upon the truly gigantic (and positive) influence Gibbon's work has had upon historiography, historians, history-makers, and history itself, I can't imagine giving it anything less than a perfect score.
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By Alfredo on February 29, 2016
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Superb writing. Volume 2 outlines the political motivations for Christendom's deviation from early Christianity.
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