Thing_Two -- from another anonymous reviewer of Telecommunication Breakdown:

One may think that this is Yet Another Communications Textbook. One would be wrong. this manuscript departs from the conventional textbooks in several important aspects: focus, organization, exercises, and handling prerequisites. Although most topics covered in a conventional, treatise-like textbook are present, the focus is on building a communications system and the material is organized in chapters dedicated to designing its components and solving relevant problems. The fact that the book focuses on software radio, with its applications to wireless communications, is a plus. The exercises are also oriented towards practical implementation issues instead of theoretical problems... Chapter 15 describes a complete software radio receiver based on the building blocks described in previous chapters. This is a very interesting chapter and is very useful in providing "closure" to students.