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Very disappointing - nothing advanced here
on 30 May 2006
Don't let the title mislead you, there is very little in this book that could be called "advanced" nor was there any "mastery" to be gained.
Most of the book explains fairly basic concepts that are explained far better in other books (for example Eric Meyer's two "On CSS" books are way better than this).
The saving grace of this book is the chapter on browser bugs and hacks. Although this is available around the net, it was useful to see it written down in one place.
The last two chapters of the book are "inspirational" case studies from two "CSS masters" (I quote from the book's cover). I didn't find either particularly inspirational, nor were the details of the sites explained in enough detail to be of much use. Sure, the files are all available for download, but if I want to study someone else's files without any explanatory text, I can use View Source in my web browser.
Overall a poor book. A couple of useful parts, but not worth buying unless you have loads of other CSS books and are looking for something to read. If that's the case, then you'll probably already know what's in here anyway!!