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    Re: Navigation "simplified". was: Buckley the Navigator
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2008 Mar 09, 14:17 -0700

    That's how I learned CN, by reading Mixters "Primer" about forty years
    ago. It's still on my bookshelf.
    frankreed@HistoricalAtlas.net wrote:
    >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
    > -FER
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