I was wondering if any of you know of a good textbook for abstract algebra. When I say 'good' I mean one that can get you ready for graduate studies in Algebra.
I took a course in group theory last term using the book "A first course in abstract algebra, 3rd edition, by Joseph J.Rotman". My professor was a logician and so she didn't care about groups. Practically the only things I learned in that course are what a group is, what a subgroup is, and what it means to be a normal subgroup. Also, The book wasn't advanced enough (1st chapter covering number theory--my prof spent 3 weeks on it!).
I know that I have missed sooooo much :(. It's sad but I will not give up. I will teach myself proper group theory but I need a book that will get me ready for graduate studies.