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- The book itself is not that bad, it has some complex explanations for simple things, but other than that, it's not that bad. The reason I'm only giving it 2 stars, though is because apparently the Global 7th edition is not the same as just the plain old seventh edition of the book, so if you're buying this for a university course that requires the seventh edition, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. I made this mistake and got awful scores on homework because I was trying to answer questions that were not the same as what the grader was trying to grade.
- This is the global version. If you're trying to use this as an alternative to the hardback north American edition do not purchase this book. Most of the problems are the same but there are a few that have been changed. This will really mess you up with homework. It's still a great book as academic books are concerned. Easy to understand!