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OK book to go with a good instructor,
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This review is from: Contemporary Abstract Algebra (Hardcover)
I had to buy this book for my Abstract Algebra I class. I felt that this book worked OK because of the quality of my professor, but I do not feel it is a good book if you want to teach yourself and are new to the concepts in it. There are many places where the proof will say "clearly" or another similar phrase when it is most definitely not clear to any one but the author. Also the answers on the back of the book are not really answers at all- I remember one problem saying- "see proof of Theorem __ on page ___" which said "refer to Theorem __ on page ___" which said "proof is left as Exercise #___" so while it was clear that the proofs would all be similar- none of them were given, so there really was no answer.
All in all I am not selling back my book because I feel that it has some good concepts in it, but I am also hanging onto my notes from class in order to interpret the book at a later date if need be.