I wish more authors followed this philosophy:
The approach I have taken here is to try to move always from the particular to the general, following through the steps of the abstraction process until the abstract concept emerges naturally. … at the finish it would be quite appropriate for the reader to feel that (s)he had just arrived at the subject, rather than reached the end of the story.
From the preface here (ISBN 0486450260).
When books start at the most abstract point, I feel like saying to the author “Thank you for the answer, but what was the question?”