Absolutely superb, and in my opinion well worth getting. As the title implies, it's an edited compilation of research papers in social psychology, focusing (obviously) on persuasion. So what makes it so good? Quite simply, it's the quality of the selection, and the excellent judgment the editors have shown in the way the book is put together. The selection of papers manages to be comprehensive, without being too long, too dense or of unmanageable proportions. The selection provides good historical background, while including modern, 'state of the art' research. The papers are grouped into meaningful headings, and the editors provide useful notes on the few occasions where these are appropriate. Beginners will find that no prior knowledge is assumed or necessary. More experienced readers will find some new gems and enjoy some fresh perspectives on historical trends within this particular field of research.
In other words, the editors have done all the reading, trawling and hard work so that you don't have to. Instead, you can sit back, read the book and enjoy a guided tour around all the best ideas, smartest papers and most interesting results to date in this particularly fascinating field.
A real triumph of selection, editing and presentation. Highly recommended in every way.
One more thing... for the work that has gone into it, and for the amount of practical information you will get out of it, it's also excellent value for money. There are cheaper books and compilations, for sure. But cheaper doesn't always mean better, or better value.
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