I have more than two decades of experience in geotechnical engineering, but I like to review the basics periodically, so I decided to give this book a try.
The book does exactly what it aims to do. It provides an introduction and overview of 'soil mechanics fundamentals', emphasizing developing the intuitive understanding of the reader, rather than just presenting formulas or derivations. This emphasis is not only important and helpful, but it also makes the book enjoyable to read.
Another nice feature of the book is that the writing style is relatively simple and straightforward, which adds to the book's reading pleasure and makes the book very suitable for self-directed study.
Its a pocket sized soils text. Great for self learners because everything is explained very simply. As a note to the reader I am a mechanical engineering major with a civil minor and this is one of my first civil classes si its all new to me
This book is a good introduction to soil mechanics. It gets to the point without a lot of other stuff. The figures are helpful because they show key ideas. The authors are looking to develop a sense of engineering judgment so they give some rules of thumb and some comparisons of key parameters.