- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (August 27, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521000882
- ISBN-13: 978-0521000888
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,041,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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