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    Re: Navigation "simplified". was: Buckley the Navigator
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2008 Mar 09, 15:56 -0400

    George H., you wrote:
    "I have a longstanding distrust of any claim, in the title of a book (or
    DVD, perhaps) that it is somehow "simplified", or "made easy"."
    
    Right. The catch, of course, is that the title is not a guarantee. But it's
    also not a proof that the content is any worse than another book. I would
    bet that if you were to strip off the covers and title pages from any five
    navigation books picked at random that claim they're easy in the title and
    compare against any five books that make no such claim, you wouldn't find
    much difference in "ease" between the two sets. Good authors/teachers don't
    necessarily correspond with friendly titles!
    
    A good old book with a friendly title was Mixter's "Primer of Navigation".
    Today the word 'primer' (pronounced to rhyme with dimmer) is almost
    obsolete, but in its day it referred to a very basic book --an easy
    beginner's guide. This particular 'primer' is so good that I recommend even
    today.
    
     -FER
    
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