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Simple Chess (Dover Chess) by Michael Stean
Simple Chess (Dover Chess) by Michael Stean
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 19 Oct 2011
Simple Chess by GM Michael Stean is one of the best chess books I've come across in 25+ years as a chess player.I'm just a ordinary club standard player but I'd say that this book would be useful for players upto ELO 2000.

It is divided into seven chapters: Introduction, Outposts, Weak Pawns, Open Files, Half-open Files minority attack, Black squares and white Squares, Space.

As GM Stean says in the intro this book is not for beginners, you need to understand all the basics first (like forks, pins, double and discovered check, skewers, mates with queen and rook etc., and basic opening ideas). so if you have gone through the basics, played some games and began to… Read more
Catechism of the Catholic Church by Our Sunday Visitor
Catechism of the Catholic Church by Our Sunday Visitor
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a nice handy edition of the Catechism about the size of a study Bible. The text is easy to read and theres a very useful index and glossary at the back.
The cover is thick paper and will probably be the most prone to wear, covering with plastic will solve that.

Overall a great referance edition of the Catechism.
Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions by Ron Larson
I have already done a fair bit of calculus, having done two Open University courses in the '90s. This book was got to revive that material and I have to say that this book teaches basic calculus better then the OU courses did. The book gives more detail and clarity.

I'd say (from reviews) that theres not much difference between the big three calculus books, this one, Stewart, and Thomas, but this one, Larson, does a great job of teaching calculus from the beginning and is a good reference for all future calculus courses as well.

A final note: for economic reasons get the full three semister version, its cheaper then buying three single semister versions.

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