The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians - Peter Heather This is hands down one of the best written, most entertaining and easily digested books I have ever read regarding the fall of the Roman Empire. Mr. Heather gives a reader enough back story regarding Rome and its neighbors to understand the strategic situation before he then outlines his theory of just what happened to destroy the Western Roman Empire and how it was more a gradual process than we have been led to believe. His reasoning for each point is well-thought-out and explained with just enough statistical information to educate the reader but not so much as to overwhelm him.

For anyone who has one iota of interest in the fall of the Roman Empire, this should be a must read. Whether you agree with the author's premise or not, you will find yourself amazed that history can be this readable.