The fifth volume in Will Durant's encyclopedic resume of world history maintains former standards of rich readability and clarity. A study of the stages, attributes, personalities, and flourishing towns of the Italian Renaissance, the volume begins with the dawn of enlightenment as it was reflected in the works of Petrarch and Boccaccio and continues to the late Cinquecento Venetian sunset- seen for example in the ornateness of a Cellini sculpture. Chapter by chapter organization is suitably varied in focus. Where the event is of importance-such as the Papal Schism- artistic and political personalities are described in relation to it; where a figurehead- like Leonardo eclipse other men; he is given precedence in comment that centers on his life; where a powerful family influenced a community- as the Estes did Ferrara or the Borgias Rome- their histories are described as a unit. Popular appeal has placed all of Mr. Durant's work in the widest historical market that combines the interested layman and the scholar in search of new comment- and a new stall there is guaranteed for this.