Douglas Boin is an associate professor of history at Saint Louis University and the author of Alaric the Goth: An Outsider's History of the Fall of Rome and Coming Out Christian in the Roman World, as well as two scholarly books on antiquity. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Today, as Douglas Boin of Saint Louis University points out in his superb book, the word Gothic has become synonymous with all that is dark, gloomy and macabre . History, it is often said, is written by the winners-but that is only if they can write. If they can't, then history is written by the losers, crossly. -- The Economist The most engaging parts of Alaric the Goth, and by far the greater portion of its contents, diverge from Alaric's story to give a sweeping view of Roman life near the fall of the empire. It's here, especially in matters of Christian-pagan tension, that Mr. Boin excels. -- James Romm - The Wall Street Journal Boin paints a richly detailed portrait of the world in which Alaric maneuvered, defined by the thrashings of an empire in turmoil... A cogent, readable text that vividly conveys the fears and confusion that surrounded the issue of immigrants' rights in a period of declining Roman power. -- Wendy Smith - The Boston Globe