In this short and accessible introductory text, Gianfrano Poggi offers a masterly account of the most important themes in Weber’s writings. Assuming no previous knowledge of Weber's writings, the book focuses on his conception of sociology, social process, religion, and the genesis and nature of the modern state. By introducing contemporary examples, it helps to illustrate the continuing relevance of Weber’s work. This is Poggi at his very best. His account is authorative, but unpretentious, intellectually sophisticated, but still highly readable. As such, this book is bound to become an indispensable guide to Weber’s key ideas, suitable for use by anyone requiring a concise and yet scholarly introduction to Weber’s work, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level.