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This review is from: Java Persistence with Hibernate (Paperback)
There is simply no need for this book to be 800 pages long. The authors have little ability to summarize and be snappy and precise in their text. They can't outline any simple facts without wandering off into variations on a theme. They structure things poorly and waffle too much. You want to know how ManyToOne mappings work? Get ready to painfully read twenty pages of intricate use cases and droning text going off into various unlikely scenarios. Ugh. Just gimme the facts man. In the end I gave up in disgust and used the documentation on the JBoss site, a breath of fresh air.
On the good side the book IS comprehensive and it does cover everything with JPA as well as XML, which is a must. If you're going to be doing Hibernate I'd still recommend you get it as a reference but be warned!