Swokowski's work, and his follow-on calculus text, deserve ten stars. They are both models of exposition. "Algebra & Trigonometry" in particular helped me overcome a conviction that I couldn't do math. In that sense it may have changed my life more than any other book I've ever read. My copy -- I will never part with it -- is decades old, but every now and then I still dip into it, whenever I need some oddball angle formula that I've forgotten.
But I give this one star because this it's a rank, stinking example of the greed of the textbook publishing industry. Again, Swokowski's text has been excellent FOR DECADES. In other words, whatever production costs it might have incurred were amortized away years ago. So how in god's name can the publisher get away with asking nearly a hundred dollars for this text?!?!? Swokowski himself -- i.e., the guy who did the creative work -- won't see a nickel of that, since he's long dead. This edition is just another example of a textbook industry that adds essentially nothing, but uses its position to gouge.
Oh, but they threw in a CD. Grand. I'm sure math students need all the coffee coasters they can get.
The book was in very good condition as was advertised..no missing pages and came with the CD. Shipment was prompt too...I wish there was a way I could have got a tracking number...but that is a small issue.