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No better than their predecessors
on 17 August 2014
The 2014 editions are no better than their predecessors. Since they are the official syllabus for national police exams there is unfortunately a guaranteed audience for them, and it seems clear the authors/publishers therefore don't feel a particular need to actually turn out a good product.
Some simple things are over-explained. Some laws are simply stated with no explanation at all (making me wonder whether the authors themselves actually understood what they were quoting, or decided just to gloss over it). Things are sometimes presented in a pretty arbitrary order and important connections and parallels are left for the reader to draw out, making it harder to find all the pieces of information you want and join them together. The stupid 'keynote' boxes are annoying and meaningless, sometimes simply paraphrasing the previous paragraph, sometimes adding a useful explanation, and sometimes digressing completely; they certainly don't consistently contain anything I could describe as a 'keynote', and give the impression they have just been thrown in at random to break the page up a bit.
These books are so inconsistently written that they make both poor textbooks and poor reference books. I wish they could be replaced by something written by someone who actually appears to gives a damn.