First off, sorry to have two threads right up at the top of the forum. (If one/both of my threads have sunk down the list, disregard this.) Anyway, I looked through the first five pages of this forum, but I couldn't find a thread relating to this, they were all about a specific class in calculus, or about a recommendation between two textbooks. So, to get to the point, I'm just about ready to start studying calculus, and I need to get some recommendations for some great calc textbooks. (I'm fortunate enough to have lots of money to spend on textbooks, and I'll buy used/paperback books, which is how I can afford to get several books.) Here's my tentative studying plan: Spivak, Calculus I've heard it's very well written, so I'll start with this instead of Apostol. The problems are supposed to be very hard. Apostol, Calculus, Vol 2 Spivak's book is supposed to have pretty much the same material as Volume 1, only it's better written. I've heard Apostol's tone is rather dull, which is why I've substituted Spivak for Volume 1. Will this work, or should I just get volume 1? Buck Advanced Calculus I don't know much about this one. Is it even necessary? I've seen it recommended a lot. Widder Advanced Calculus Edwards Advanced Calculus of Several Variables They're Dover's, unless these are horrible, I may as well get them since they are so cheap. Spivak Calculus on Manifolds This is a book I plan not to get. I've heard that it is too terse. Sternberg Advanced Calculus This is supposed to be better than Spivak's Calculus on Manifolds, and it's avaliable for free. If this isn't good, I could just substitute Munkre's book instead. Please tell me, is this a good list? Are there any books I should drop, any books I should try I haven't listed? Will I truly understand calculus after this?