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Interesting for fans of Bourbaki's texts,
This review is from: Bourbaki: A Secret Society of Mathematicians (Paperback)
This is very interesting for fans of any of Bourbaki's mathematics texts. It has photos of many of the members taken at their meetings, and information about how the group operated. You'd never know it from the final product, but their original goal was to write a calculus book! Several of the founding members had just begun teaching, and they were unhappy with the standard French calculus text of the day--a multivolume work by Goursat that they considered out of date. They decided to write a little bit of background material on algebra and general topology, and somehow ended up with the books we all know and love.
The book also describes the personality quirks of the members, and has some commentary on the contents of the various texts of Bourbaki. It doesn't explain technical details like why Bourbaki chose to define integrals the way they did.
If you didn't major in math, this book probably won't interest you.