I had the old edition, but this one with the bright and helpful Richard Sennett on board is much better and inexpensive to boot. This is THE book that crystallised sociology for me and rescued me from the dead hands of Cotgrove and Salvador Giner's boring textbooks. In fact, when I hear Stalin's famous remark about one death and a million deaths being a tragedy and a statistic, we have in small compass Durkheim sort of reasoning, his rationale, in this justly famous book. Taking what might be supposed, indeed often was supposed, to be the most individualistic of acts, Durkheim boldly showed that there were three categories of suicide and they were to be explained through social concepts. Of course this is not in fact to disparage individual choice, any more than using mathematics to understand, say , queuing undermines Free Will. Mind you, if you ARE so minded and read philosophy, then you may wish to look at the Determinist account and see if you can bolster that very thing with sociology..
He's not a great writer though this is readable enough; he is a powerful thinker whose influence can still be felt. This is a brilliant, important book. To suppose,as one critic here does, that he justifes or explains 'away' suicide in what is called 'an abomination', misses the point EXACTLY as well as showing a predictable lack of sympathy. It was precisely this sort of 'common sense' non-explanation that Durkheim saw was insufficient and that sociology filled that gap; his intellectual chutzpah is breathtaking.