These volumes are based on a TV program that Wang hosted, and as a result have a lecture-style (or classroom-style) format. I think that this fits their overview goals quite nicely. The author can't hope to give a comprehensive treatment of anything, and this format allows him to talk about concepts using a series of concrete examples. The most distinctive aspect of the format, however, is that he has four students whom he periodically asks questions of. They sometimes give the right answer; frequently, however, they give wrong answers which are a lot more like the answers that I would have come up with, and it's great to see Wang talk about the merits of the different answers. It feels a lot more like a class that way, and while I wouldn't want all books to be written like that, I'm glad this one is.
I'm an AGA 2kyu, and I think that the level is good for me; it seems to me like it's targeted at people from about 5kyu through the low dans, and would probably be helpful for anybody who is at least around 10kyu or so.
Click here to see Yutopian's blurb about the book.
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