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Poor introduction, Outstanding reference
on 21 July 1999
I was terrified by this text my freshman year in college. Unfortunately, this book was the only required book for the class. The main difficulty is that the book resembles a magnificent outline of the material more than a text. The shortest, most elegant proof of anything is invariably choosen and there is little motivation given for the material. Thus, I found this book to be difficult to use to learn how to do mathematics. On the other side, if you know the basic ideas of analysis, then this book is a remarkable, clear, and elegant place to review and extend your knowledge. I therefore would HIGHLY recommend it as a companian text for an analysis course or as a reference. My rating therefore is an average: as an introduction to analysis by itself, it rates one star; as a supplement to another text, as a review text, or as a reference, it clearly rates five stars.