I spotted this gem on my bookshelf.  This is an old friend, the one that got me started.  Purchased on Amazon in the spring of 2009 as I started a 3ds Max class after work.  It  was my bible for months while I began to understand not only 3D in general, but modelling and texturing for real-time.  This book challenged and rewarded me well beyond its meager price tag.  I owe a ton to the author.   I may have moved beyond its entry level, but this book will never find its way into the used book bin..