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This book gives an extremely wordy yet superficial explanation of a lot of algorithms, it goes to great lengths to describe the problem but doesn't really go into enough depth on anything but the basics to be immediately useful in formulating a solution. I know this has quite a few good reviews, so I guess people have found it useful, but personally I would say wikipedia is a much better source for information about a lot of the things discussed in this book, both in terms of depth of information and succinctness. The book is useful as an index into the wider world of algorithms but quite why it took the author 700 pages to achieve this is beyond me.