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Worst book I have EVER read!!! AVOID!!
on 12 November 2014
Earlier this year I was studying for my RHCSA and RHCE qualifications. I passed the exams with an almost 100% score, but no thanks to this book. This book is so poorly written and edited it is utterly absurd and shouldn't be for sale.
I already had an RHCE level of knowledge, I was just looking for a book to help recap all of the topics in the exams to make sure I didn't have any gaps in my knowledge. Therefore I was able to pick out countless technical errors and inaccuracies in both the written examples and the explanations of topics. Additionally the copy editing is rubbish, there are grammatical and spelling errors on almost every page of the book. I don't mind about the occasional error as that is normal but this book takes it to a whole new level. A colleague of mine also bought the book and eventually gave up reading it as they were struggling to get the practice examples to work on their own system due to all the errors.
The book reads like the author had some rough notes from their own RHCSA/RHCE studies and managed to get a book deal to write this, but it was then rushed and poorly put together. It literally reads like a collection of personal study notes with minimal background and explanation of the topics. If you are relatively new to Linux, perhaps having just completed LPIC-1 or CompTIA Linux+, this book will not only be a massive waste of your time, but misinform you. How this book has gotten 4 and 5 stars on Amazon is a total mystery to me.
Lastly the author has not even passed the RHCE exam (according to the back cover), so you have to ask whether you should be buying a study guide written by someone who has not been successful in the exam.
My advice is to avoid this book like the plague, and buy the McGraw Hill RHCSA/RHCE Study Guide which I also own and is much better written.
After I completed my certifications I chucked this book in the recycling bin as it had no place on my extensive technology bookshelf!