Books: Grandeur, Condensed

THE PORTABLE GIBBON: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (691 pp.) —Edifed by Dero A. Sounders—Viklnq ($2.50).

Among the stubborn ghosts that stalk the mind of modern literate man are the great books he intends to read some day. High on many such lists—behind War and Peace, but well ahead of the Summa Theologica—is Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. From now on, procrastinators will have to find fresh excuses: Gibbon has been streamlined. Dero Saunders, one of the editors of FORTUNE and an old Gibbon fan, has...

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