This book is used as a text in a number of college venues and it's not hard to see why. It's well-written, explains difficult concepts in reasonable language, it doesn't try to talk over the reader and it presents the concepts of C++ in a logical and sequential manner. I particularly liked that LaFore decided to get into structures relatively early in his book (in chapter 4) because, as he rightly points out, an understanding of structures is useful in the path of learning from the basic sequential and structured programming to the object-oriented concepts and programming that are illustrated later on. Of the many books that I have had a chance to review for use in an academic environment, it's hard to go wrong with this one; and it edges out my other favorite, Prata's "C++ Primer Plus," mostly because of his sequence of concepts and he doesn't spend a lot of time talking about what some of the older and, frankly, less used compilers are doing with respect to the inclusion of headers and library files. I also liked the exercises that appear in this book. Learning to program is like learning math and another language at the same time - the only way to learn it is to do lots of programs and apply the language. However, I find fault in that solutions are not provided for all of the exercises, which takes away from the usefulness of this book as a tool for self-teaching. Still, that and a couple of editing misses are the only flaws. Highly recommended!