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American "Football for Dummies" is not for dummies.
on 9 May 2014
The book on American football is very badly written and jumps all over the place. It is the worst book I have read yet in the series "FOR DUMMIES". In my view: it has not been proof read and that is backed up by missing words, syntax problems, or grammatical issues that make read it inscrutable and subject to very difficult interpretation in a lot of areas. There is no logical sequence to the book and it assumes, (probably in inadvertently because the authors are experts), that there is a degree of knowledge before reading the book. Again, not for dummies or novices.
Short sentences or stand alone sentences are not explained even though they make sweeping statements and just left there hanging, in my opinion. Certain diagrams showing refereeing positions are obviously inaccurate and will cause confusion, when read against the accompanying caption.(Fists closed in the diagram when the caption says 'open') The book is littered with chalk board diagrams, that come very early on in the book. This will have many readers dropping the book the very minute they see the numerous diagrams. The authors have done more to explain how the game operates at the highest level, instead of given a summary to a novice reader of how it is played in summary, before advanced stuff is entered into. Perhaps, the authors were trying to protect their expert reputation of how much they knew, rather than having more consideration for the reader? This book from a novice point of view could only be read extremely slowly, to avoid information overload or fragmented explanations.
The book is in my opinion is not "FOR DUMMIES" or novices. It is more likely to give you a blinding head ache than anything thing else. The authors who wrote the book may know about football, but they are seriously lacking on writing books about it. If you want a blinding head ache, then this is the book to read or attempt to do so. This book published by Wiley needs immediate proof reading, revision, and editing to say the least. I am giving it two stars because I don't like the word "hate". But it only deserves one or none at all from a reader point of view starting off to learn the game of American football. A word to the authors—keep the day job guys!