I am not embarrassed to admit that, in several undergraduate courses, I relied heavily on *Schaum’s Outlines*. The additional examples and numerous practice problems helped me master techniques that I struggled with when using only the course textbook and notes. In my years as a college professor, I have recommended similar guides for students who need that additional assistance.

Unfortunately, *Linear Algebra Demystified* is not one that I could recommend to students struggling in their first course in linear algebra. The book does contain the topics from a typical first course in linear algebra, but supports the text with few examples and no proofs. The book provides end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam, but the quizzes have ten or fewer problems and the answer keys give only hints or the final answer with no explanation.

*Linear Algebra Demystified* lacks the variety of examples, practice problems and proofs that would be needed for most people to truly master linear algebra on their own. I also doubt that a student who is currently in their first course in linear algebra would find it useful as a supplementary text for the same reason. That being said, *Linear Algebra Demystified* could be a useful for anyone who has taken a first course in linear algebra and now needs just a “nuts and bolts” refresher.

Susan Slattery teaches at Villa Julie College in Stevenson, MD.