I've had to use this guy's books in three different classes, statics, dynamics, and well strengths of materials. Statics and Dynamics, those books well to put it bluntly.... were the biggest wastes of money and piece of s*** books I have in my arsenal, I literally could only learn from the instructor because it used trig to approach every problem as opposed to applying moments or cross products, just terrible... but maybe beer isn't that bad, he had a coauthor and he just let the other guy write it... atleast that's what I'd like to believe because the style is this book is much different. I was actually dreading this book when I saw who wrote it.
BACK TO THE POINT
I have actually read this book almost to completion, done countless hours of extra problems, and I think its a pretty damn good book. For those who moaned about how the explanations are long and tedious... welcome to engineering, you need to be tedious to be good at it, those who gave it 1 star for the complexity obviously are probably in business school. While the explanations seem convoluted in the beginning, there is a method to the madness. When you try to solve the problem first you probably just reference lecture notes first and then look back at the book for the equation, "plug and chug" well they sure as hell don't make any sense if you don't understand the purpose of the nomenclature. If you read each chapter in the sections where the equations are listed then follow an example problem, repeating this method... you can easily solve 70- 80 percent of the problems alone, you still need a prof to help; the reason being is this isn't just a class that relies on physics, but its more of logic based than math intensive subject.
The double whammy here is if you got a C in statics, if you read this book and googled how to do cross products, you could get an A if you retook the class.
Also a note.... this is a book for you to keep for a lifetime.... something you could ( I kid of course) pass on to your kids...so get the hardcover, its a classic, and its presented in a manner that if you sit down, read, and put in effort, it doesn't matter how gripping the subject is, if you appreciate the field then you will pass your class. I still reference this book for quick review or eqns even though my Shingley's Mech Design book makes it obsolete as a reference book, this thing is slim as hell compared to that encyclopedia.
FYI A GREAT AND POWERFUL SUPPLEMENT REGARDLESS OF THE BOOK YOU CHOOSE "STRUCTURES FREE" YOUTUBE IT, I ALWAYS USED IT WHENEVER MY PROF WASN'T AVAILABLE GUARENTEED 2ND PROFESSIONAL HELP AND NO WHITE BOARD INVOLVED AT ALL, VERY CLEAN AND IS RUN BY A PE Engineer.