on 9 October 2012
This book was purchased for course work. It is specific and comprehensive. The format is easy to use and despite the academic word density easy to read. The high contrast black text on white pages actually helps with the ease of reading. The depth of information is good with the 3rd edition having updated most of the chapters, some information is dated but this is not surprising considering the topic. The only complaint is the sheer size ~1000 pages all in one book it is unwieldy. Though the hardback is solid and the paper quite heavy for a book this size it is let down by the spine which under regular use on my copy started to separate from the cover. It would be far better as four separate volumes. This though is a minor quibble in comparison to the information it makes available.