This textbook has the burden of being both a reference and a tutorial for 8088 or 8086 assembly programming. This is too heavy of an expectation for the book as it has trouble doing either well. The author attempts to speak to casual and advanced programmers. This proves to be impossible as the author gets into a level of detail that will only please the advanced programmer but alienate the casual newbie. I thought there should be more revisions to keep up with the current generations assembly language. The book focuses on 8088, 8086 when we are on the cusp of "80786" with the Pentium II Xeon. Assuming the author is waiting to write a Merced assembly language book, he might be ahead of the technology instead of behind. I fail to see how I can get a job by reading this book.