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Absolutely draining. It's not your standard book of life-and-death problems. The difficulty ramps up quickly and each topic only has a few problems, which didn't feel like enough to let anything really sink in. I would only give it two stars, but I think the "Status?" format of most problems, forcing you to think through the problem from both players' perspectives, is really great.
My main problem with this book is how it is subtitled. It is supposed to be a basic work. While the first few chapters (up to about 7) are basic, the problems from chapter 7 on can be quite challenging. In the vein of a math text, the problems also often extend the main idea of the chapter. I think that this is a good way of including content and asking the reader to figure things out for themselves. This can also be construed as being basic or elementary, but again I often find the problems dif ...more
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