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    Re: Nevil Maskelyne.
    From: Robert Gainer
    Date: 2004 Jul 17, 12:56 +0000

    Trevor ;
    Books are written for more then one reason. You can write a book that is
    intended to entertain or a book that is to give some understanding to the
    masses and then there is a book that is intended to advance the cause of
    education. I read this book and found it meet my needs and it rouses an
    interest in the subject that I would not have developed otherwise. Yes I
    enjoyed the book and under stand that it was written in a way calculated to
    hold the interest of the ordinary man, not necessarily the absolute truth as
    an outsider would have seen it. You say �But the real mistake was in
    insisting on a good vs. evil plot instead of telling the story of what
    really happened.� That literary device was used to good advantage to hold
    the interest of the reader. If the reader drops his interest all is lost in
    a book. I have not yet used GPS on any of my trans Atlantic crossings. I use
    a sextant and chronometer because in the beginning it was all I had; now I
    enjoy the feeling that comes from independence and knowledge. And that book
    is one of the reasons that I study navigation more then is necessary just to
    get from point a to point b without hitting point c.
    All the best;
    Robert Gainer
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