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bmer · 2016-05-22 · Original thread
This book was far too wordy for me. I found a better compromise by reading two these books in parallel:

* Burns' "Groups: A Path to Geometry": http://www.amazon.com/Groups-Geometry-R-P-Burn/dp/0521347939

This was the main read. It's approach is to take the reader through group theory by presenting it as a series of problems. Discussion is limited mainly to historical notes.

* Pinter's "A Book on Abstract Algebra": http://www.amazon.com/Book-Abstract-Algebra-Second-Mathemati...

While going through Burns' book, if I needed more of a discussion on a certain topic, then Pinter's book always felt like it comfortably quenched my desire. Here is someone's discussion on why Pinter helped (along with a proposed litmus test for group theory texts): http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1469294/recommendati...

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