This review is from: 3D Studio Max R3 Bible (Paperback)
I get the feeling they've tried to fit too much into this book, and as a result have had to skim over subjects that could have benefited from a lot more depth.
The last thing that I want to find when learning a new tool or technique is a brief description of what it does, without any examples of it's use or any instructions. If I didn't already know what the thing did in the first place I wouldn't have looked it up at all.
Having said that, for a beginner or someone thinking about learning max, this book will give a good overview of the things that are possible with Max, but once you start getting slightly advanced, expect this book to become pretty much redundant.