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  1. The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture
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  2. The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture

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Updated and revised, The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture, Third Edition is a comprehensive resource that addresses all of the necessary organization and architecture topics, yet is appropriate for the one-term course.

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This book is the honest-to-god worst. The text is so overly complicated and rambling that I have yet to make it through a single chapter without a massive headache. It reads like something that was written as a review for people already familiar with all of the concepts, as it spends lots of time on tangents and barely touches on concepts that seem to be considered universally important in CS. Even my professor flat out said that he thought it was useless, but it was chosen by the department head. Bottom line: if you need this book for a class, it would probably be a good idea to look online for lecture notes/slides on the topics or find some good YouTube videos (at least as supplements); if you're looking to learn about computer architecture on your own time, though, look somewhere else.
This book is terrible. I can't believe my class required it. Chapters are incredibly long and you flip between information that is very fluffed / not useful for the examples given to incredibly dense examples that take multiple re-reads to even begin to understand. Additionally, the thing is RIDDLED with typos that make doing work almost impossible. Multiple times in a chapter I will have the textbook reference something like "See figure 6.17a" only for figure 6.17a to not exist!

A typo here and there or grammatical issues is one thing, but pointing students to non existent figures while requiring them to solve problems that need referencing of those figures is unforgivable. This is easily the worst textbook I've used in my university career.
I'm afraid I have to agree with most of the reviewers here: this book is horrible. Unfortunately, it's required for my class. In order to actually understand most of the subject matter, I have to constantly refer to other books, YouTube videos, Google searches, and homework help services. It seems the authors are trying to cram too much information into one book, with the result that they are covering all of the information very badly. My recommendation would be to cut down on the variety of information presented and cover fewer topics well.
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