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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
As has possibly everyone else, I've seen these books around for years, but I've never picked one up...until now. Those that have will know that the books are certainly the opposite of rocket science, in of course the very nicest possible way, which became very visible, very quickly.

This is only a taster of the For Dummies series, which the amazon blurb covers in pretty full-on detail, and I liked how clear, non-condescending and concise everything was. In fact, on reading the first bit, Windows 7 For Dummies, with its descriptions of What Is A Mouse, Creating/Deleting/Retrieving Files etc., I may well get this For Dummies book for my 70yo mum, who's just learning to use a PC.

The English is clear, all is step-by-step and it has images and diagrams and very clear explanations. Of course, being a French-speaker, I had to check out the French For Dummies extract, which was helpful as well as amusing. And of course, I also had to check out Sex For Dummies: having been happily married now for 21 years, it was interesting to read some of the Dr Ruth suggestions e.g. Connecting Through Meaningful Conversations, Scheduling Time Together, Scheduling Sex Dates, Stopping Destructive Habits, and for me and hubby personally, Staying Close To Avoid Empty-Nest Syndrome.

I also particularly liked the bits on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies, which I could have done with due to my Empty-Nest Syndrome, as it had gems like Accepting That Life Can Be Unfair, Thinking Flexibly, Understanding That Approval From Others Isn't Necessary, Tolerating Short-Term Discomfort, Meditation, Relaxing Your Body, Enacting Enlightened Self-Interest (i.e. it's ok to put yourself first sometimes, with 1/2/a close handful of people a very close second. A really BIG thing that us mums don't often do...until we become Empty-Nesters).

Whilst I can't imaging absolutely needing to read one of these right-here, right-now, I will certainly check out any titles that become relevant. On top, they are cheap and many titles are in stock at my local library. A great introduction to For Dummies, by the now-converted.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2011
I have been a dummies fan for a long time and this is exactly "a little bit of everything". I generally buy the various computing books in paperback, but having recently got interested in Kindle (I'm hoping for one for Christmas) I thought I would download this one on my PC. It covers a plethora of subjects from computers to dating, from recipes to putting together a life plan, in short if there is a subject that dummies hasn't covered at some point I don't know what it is. If you've never read one of these reference books before then this one is a perfect introduction and the Kindle edition is free!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 November 2012
I'm really surprised at the poor reception of this book, if the low stars are anything to go by.

First to squash a few rumours; DOS is still alive and well! I'm no expert (well maybe I am but my husband's the guru) but I started my programming life using DOS more than thirty years ago and some of our current software is DOS-based. When all around crashes, DOS programs soldier on. In any case, being the first 'For Dummies' book, how could it not be included?

The book is self-defining; it isn't intended to teach each subject in its entirety. How could it when only one chapter from each of twenty books (of the thousands of titles) is included? The description quite clearly explains that it's a celebration of the 'For Dummies' books 20th Anniversary. The choice of subjects is not going to please all of the people... but if, like me, you learn something at every turn of the page and have latent interests revived then that's good isn't it?

I downloaded it to wander down memory lane and also to see how they handled subjects on the fringe of my interests. French, for example, is a language I always intended to 're-learn' and the chapter on this has given me the inspiration to do so. And, I have often been curious about Facebook but never had the courage - nor will I probably - to join that club but at least now I have some idea of what it's all about. Plus, the many more (substantial) tasters on a wide range of subjects I would probably not have ventured into can only broaden my repertoire of knowledge. Another good thing, yes?
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 23 December 2011
Who hasn't see a "... for Dummies" book? But who has actually picked one up and started reading? Well this is the first one I've ever read and I really quite enjoyed it.

The book is very well-structured, with key chapters from popular books, split into sections where the chapters all more or less have something in common. They did make me think, sometimes, especially the chapter from Sex for Dummies (by Doctor Ruth) and the chapter from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies, which really hit home.

However, if you do know a bit about the subject in question - for me in this book, DOS and Facebook were two - then it can seem a little, well, patronising. Just skip through, you won't miss out.

As a lead in, however, it works perfectly. I've just downloaded British History for Dummies and Canadian History for Dummies, based on the incredibly accessible and entertaining chapters in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2012
This book is a celebration of 20 years in print. The first chapter in the book is the very first For Dummies written, which was DOS For Dummies. This will mean absolutely nothing to those who grew up in the computer age, as it is the first ever computer program to be used for saving files, calculating and very basic stuff. Anyone in their 40's who had access to a computer back in the old days will appreciate it, as it will bring back warm memories of Wow look what this computer can do, which the young now take for granted. All the other headings in this book will tell you enough to make people think you know a lot about that subject, people will be impressed! This book you will keep forever as a reference.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
To be honest Having read many dummies books which have helped me I didn't really find this book very helpful or in many cases interesting. To celebrate 20 years of Dummies books the publishers have taken chapters out of what they consider the most interesting books in order to give a flavour of what the Dummies series provides. Bearing in mind these are random chapters eg. Chapter 3 you start reading with no flavour of what has gone before. The topics are also rather eclectic with French, sex, DOS and self de elopement. Wing the first four offerings. Out of that the only one which interested me was the Self Development. I appreciate the this is my taste and others may find all topics fascinating And want a brief insight into them. Later offerings seemed to be more interesting such as Leadership and marketing both of which could help me in my job. However, the chapters themselves are not enough so you would need to buy the whole book. The one thing about this book is that it is given away free for kindle so can perhaps give you a brief glimpse into topics about which you want to find out more. This leaves me with the feeling that this book is nothing more than a marketing ploy to get you interested in a topic and get you to buy the complete book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2012
Having been a regular of the "for Dummies" books, books that allow you to get up to speed with a new subject, I tried this book on Kindle to get to grips with the Kindle software and sample the Smorgasbord of subjects on offer from the book. The Kindle software is a joy to use and the book was typical of the presentation I was used to. Some of the subjects were a bit left field for me but were useful in exposing me to subjects I may have never considered. Certainly worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2013
Useful little guide to a bit of everything, very reasonably priced. Love kindle edition of books because they are instantly available :)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2012
I have seen the "Dummies" series of books many times, but never used one for anything.

Several of the topics were dated, or just plain old, and some really no use at all (to me). However I treated this free book offer as I believe it was intended..... as an intro into the range & diversity of topics available.

With that in mind I quite enjoyed the book.
The layouts of some pages was not too good, but that may be down to the migration from paper doc to digital.
However some of the topics were quite absorbing and held my interest.

In summary, I may have been missing out on something as I found this freebie a nice little intro into the world of dummies.
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This book contains highlights of some of the most popular Dummies books going. It starts with the oldest set of book - computing. Whilst you may think knowing this stuff is no longer relevant, products like the raspberry pi - a £25 computer, show that it definately is still worth knowing.

However it soon moves onto the lifestyle books with section on stuff from avoiding sexual relationship pirfalls to training a new puppy via leadership and rock and roll guitar playing. Finally it moves on to travel, history and social media.

Nothing is comprehensive, its only seleced chapters, but its great to dip into especially on a soggy sunday afternoon when you just need to look at something other than weekend tv or facebook. Great fun to be had, and new interests to discover....
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