Top positive review
Excellent Textbook, Solid Price
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2018
I've had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this textbook.
I'm currently at university, and I took a class in Computer Organization this semester. I was definitely unfamiliar with the low-level aspects of Computer Science, so needless to say I was a bit intimidated. However, this textbook thoroughly prepared me for my exams, and I relied on this textbook more than I have any other text for any other class. Not only did it prepare me, but I feel that I have learned more about Computer Science from this textbook than I have from any other.
I've seen some other reviews complain about typos, but I can usually overlook those. There are only two colors in the book (blue and black), but this is obviously to keep prices down (see below). Sometimes I found myself reading the same passages over and over again because I had trouble understanding what the author meant. I definitely get a sense that this edition was a bit rushed, as both the authors have demanding jobs outside of writing textbooks.
I also have a serious issue with the way I couldn't find ANY answers anywhere to the problems in the book. It seems like standard practice to have the odd or even-numbered solutions in the back of the book or online, but I could not locate any. That's really my only complaint about this text, all the other issues I can excuse in some way.
One of the most important points about this textbook is its price. You can easily pick this up for less than $40, which is pretty much a steal compared to some $100 or $200 textbooks. In light of the price, I can excuse the few areas where the cut corners to reduce printing prices.