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The best abridged version available.,
This review is from: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) (Paperback)
Gibbon is an author I will get round to reading in his entirety one day, when I have the time. Until that far off day, an abridgement will have to do. I bought this book because there are certain references made in John Julius Norwich's Byzantium trilogy that I wanted to know more about, and for the relative bargain price of this book I can do just that.
My advice to potential buyers is to bear in mind the following:
a) This book is an acceptable substitute for the full work if you just want to see what it is like (the excellent reviews above give you a flavour of what to expect from Gibbon)
b) A student or researcher can use this book, so long as what you are looking for is actually covered (check the contents for the list of chapters reprinted here)
c) The text is based on the most up-to-date version available, as published in its entirety elsewhere by Penguin
d) Its the best abridged version available at present.
Just bear in mind, however, that there's no index. Given the scale of even this abridgement this is understandable, if somewhat annoying.
Anyway, you pays your money and takes your choice, but if this edition suits your purposes and needs it's a bargain. Top marks to Wordsworth yet again.