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"The authors carefully explain with examples what is meant by a canonically ordered monoid, semiring and dioid, and go on to show in the book the relevance of these algebraic structures to such classic operations research problems related to graphs and networks … . recommend this as a book to be added in the libraries of institutions where graduate courses in OR are taught, because it may provide ideas for PhD students and others to explore further the concepts developed in this book … ." (R Bharath, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 60, 2009)