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Excellent, But Get Backup!
on December 30, 2013
This is an excellent textbook. The writing is exceptionally clear, the organization is thorough and logical, and the illustrations are often beautiful and are accompanied by detailed captions. The authors make a consistent effort to describe the research which supports current thinking about biochemistry.
If there is any flaw in the book, it is that the level of detail is often overwhelming, to the point that you lose sight of the main point of a section. In spite of the book's length, the descriptions of research can sometimes be terse, requiring a lot of re-reading to connect the dots. The text is so long that the last three chapters are not included in the physical book and need to be accessed online.
I highly recommend this book, but I would advise getting a backup biochem textbook for those times when you get bogged down in detail. If it's your class text, hopefully your instructor will summarize or skip some of the lengthier sections.