The book covers a broad range of topics and approaches in machine learning. As a consequence, the amount of content dedicated to each topic is quite sparse. Decision Trees, Neural Networks, Bayesian Classifiers/Networks, Instance-Based Learning and Genetic Algorithms are all covered in a single book that counts under 400 pages. Since it is written in a concise and intuitive way however, it provides a solid foundation that the reader can build upon if he wishes to go deeper into any subject. Likewise, with this foundation, readers should be able to easily catch up on recent innovations (the book is quite old). Recommended.