This handsome volume, well supplied with photographs and diagrams, is the work of Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, former Director of the British School at Rome and a distinguished expert on Roman Italy. It is also the fruit of the Herculaneum Conservation Project, which has worked to conserve the site and remedy the neglect that it had suffered, especially in comparison with Pompeii. Wallace-Hadrill begins by considering the site's geology and the history of archaeological work there, and goes on to look at the evidence for daily life in the town, as well as the amenities it offered to different members of society. Pictures of key buildings as well as material remains - striking statues, items of furniture and stone reliefs, for example - help to give an excellent sense of the site. The final chapter is devoted to the describing the fascinating struggle to preserve the site in recent years.