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A Readable Popular History of the End of Rome,
This review is from: The Last Roman: Romulus Augustulus and the Decline of the West (Hardcover)
First off, this book's title is a bit of a misnomer. It makes it sound like a biography. Romulus Augustulus was the last Roman Emperor. He ruled for under a year and then he was deposed, and that's pretty much all that we know about him. Every scrap of information about him is included in this book and it isn't much. This book is essentially about the end of the Roman Empire, and the events that led to it. In other words, it is about Augustulus' world. It's a fairly brief book, but entertaining. If you're looking for a brief history of Rome's fall and you don't want to go into too much detail then this book is for you. It's well written in an entertaining manner, and it makes it's points very clear. I would not recommend this book for anyone looking for a more in depth look at these events. If you want more inforrmation I strongly recommend Peter Heather's The Fall of the Roman Empire. This one is really a pretty basic book designed for beginners. As such, it does what it aims to do perfectly.