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.
“Provocative and often dazzling. . . . An exciting excursion through history.” –Time
“Audacious, profound . . . exciting and magnificent.”
–The New Republic
“This grand panorama, this imaginative sweep, this staggering erudition, this Nietzschean prose, with its fine color and ringing force, mark a work that must endure.” –The New York Sun
“With monumental learning . . . Spengler surveys man’s cosmic march. . . . Always forceful . . . eloquent.”
–The New York Times