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Good book, but no index,
This review is from: PostgreSQL: Up and Running (Paperback)
As others have noted, the book is relatively short, with links to the official documentation are sprinkled liberally throughout.
The best way of describing this book is (to borrow a phrase Donald Rumsfeld) that it turns unknown unknowns into known unknowns. There is enough information here to whet your appetite as to what Postgres is capable of but I wouldn't for a second suggest that you do many of the things they are showing you without reading the official documentation (even if it is technically possible, you would have such large holes in your understanding that it would be a recipe for disaster.) Before I read this book, I was administering several Postgres servers but doing nothing that couldn't be achieved in other databases (MySQL for example). This book showed me various tricks and Postgres specific commands that I would otherwise have not known existed.
Given its use as a tour of Postgres rather than a reference, the omission of an index might be almost justified. I have however been left frustrated on more than one occasion where I knew something was in the book but couldn't find it easily. There is a table of contents, but it just doesn't cut it. It is for that reason that I knocked it down a star. If you are happy without an index, or are reading an ebook edition with search, you can add a star.