The serious scholar will want a more scholarly edition, but for the general reader who wants to explore beyond "The Republic" and "The Symposium," this collection will do very nicely. I bought it because a reading group I'm in was reading "Laches," and it filled the bill very nicely. The translations are readable (if a bit anachronistic in idiom) and the supplementary material well laid out in introductions to the various dialogues. The use of interjected editorial material -- always in italics -- in the dialogue itself (to help the non-expert reader focus) might well be an irritant to real scholars, who won't want so much leading by the hand, but for a non-expert reader like me, they were very helpful. And, of course, the price is good -- scholarly editions from university presses are expensive. BTW, the Penguin "Republic," similarly laid out, is useful too, as is the equally accessible World's Classics edition from Oxford.