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    Re: Dava Sobel
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2006 Apr 28, 09:01 -0400

    As long as we're trashing Sobel, Patrick O'Brian also has been
    trashed, not undeservedly, while E.F. Forrester has been praised.  In
    Forrester's first Hornblower novel, the hero is praised for making a
    perfect landfall from deep sea in Nicaragua.  Unfortunately, this
    would have been relatively simple even in those days as one would
    only have to run down the latitude toward that N-S oriented, more or
    less, coast.  The novel implies he was not running down the latitude,
    but rather from a fix, on a diagonal, which would have required a
    longitude.  But Forrester exaggerates a bit here, I believe.
    
    Fred
    
    
    

       
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