Published in 1978, this book suffers very little from the illness of being dated. Of course, Fermat's last theorem has been proven and computers have grown much more powerful. However, those advances have little affect on the value of the book. Done well, basic number theory is timeless, and Dudley does it very well. The explanations of the fundamentals are sound and solved exercises are scattered throughout. Solutions to most of the odd numbered problems at the end of the chapters are also included.
The coverage is fairly typical, so the book can still be used as the text for a course in beginning number theory. Chapter 23 contains a set of 267 additional problems, a set for each of the other chapters in the book. Solutions to most of the odd problems in this set are also included. I commend Dudley for including so many solutions; I have little time for authors of books who do not provide solutions to at least some of the exercises. If I ever teach a course in basic number theory, this is the book that I would use.