Ancient Rome: Monuments Past and Present is a very interesting book. It is very useful in visually learning about the monuments of Rome such as: the Colosseum, the individual buildings in the Forum, the Circus Maximus, Hadrian's castle, and other ancient ruins. The pictures and models are very useful in comparing and contrasting the present to the past. However, this book is not ideal for finding extremely in-depth information on each ruin, only the general is covered. I would definately recommend this book for someone visiting Rome or a curious intellectual striving for more knowledge in a fun way.