I've recently been disappointed by a few books that have "using MATLAB" in their title, which makes me wonder why. I like MATLAB so it isn't MATLAB. There are other books that I will keep at considerable inconvenience to myself even if I haven't used them for years, and that also makes me wonder why? I'm curious if others have similar opinions and what they might be.
So I'll just name one good book and why.
LINEAR ESTIMATION T.Kailath, A. H. Sayed, and B. Hassibi
The subjects are explained in a clear and insightful way. One feels that they understand when you get to end of the chapter
Then we try the problems and stare at them in blank confusion. Very little is obvious. We now know we don't understand anything. There is little that a web search will clarify. The problems only yield after thinking and thinking hard.