The Decline of the West

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BiblioBazaar, 2010 - 560 pages
18 Reviews
Since its first publication more than eighty years ago, "The Decline of the West" has ranked as one of the most widely read and talked about books of our time. A sweeping account of Western culture by a historian of legendary intellect, it is an astonishingly informed, forcefully eloquent, thrillingly controversial work that advances a world view based on the cyclical rise and fall of civilizations. This abridgment presents the most significant of Oswald Spengler's arguments, linked by illuminating explanatory passages. It makes available in one volume a masterpiece of grand-scale history and far-reaching prophesy that remains essential reading for anyone interested in the factors that determine the course of civilizations.

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Review: The Decline of the West

User Review  - Al Maki - Goodreads

To me, he seems a clever, overly abstract and opinionated man who I am not willing to listen to for days on end. “World-history is the history of the great Cultures, and peoples are but the symbolic forms and vessels in which the men of these Cultures fulfill their Destinies.” Read full review

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User Review  - Frederich - Goodreads

This is an abridged version, but read it several years ago, and it did a fair job in presenting this intellectual Giant, to the massess of the twenty-first century. It definitely is a good read. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Oswald Spengler, one of the most controversial historians of this century, was born in Blankenburg, Germany in 1880 and died in Munich in 1936.
H. Stuart Hughes is Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of California at San Diego. He is the author of many books, including Oswald Spengler: A Critical Estimate, Consciousness and Society and, most recently, Sophisticated Rebels.

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