Is Serge Lang’s Algebra still worth reading?

Is Serge Lang’s famous book Algebra nowadays still worth reading, or are there other, more modern books which are better suited for an overview over all areas of algebra?

EDIT: My main concern is that the first edition of Algebra is already 48 years old. Even if there have probably been no fundamental new insight in Algebra which can be included in a first-year-graduate algebra course, the passage of the decades may have helped clarify what are the most important results and techniques as well as how they can be achieved with the least effort.

In addition, I’m wondering whether the terminology and notation is nonstandard or out of fashion (for example Lang, calls integral domains entire rings, an expression which I have never seen anywhere else).



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Mariano Suárez-Álvarez

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