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Richly illustrated and logically organized, Lyle Brotherton's Ultimate Navigation Manual is undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive offerings on the subject currently available. If you have any love for wandering in the wide open spaces of the world, then you really should own (and read!) a copy of this book.
However, it is worth pointing out that Brotheton developed this as a field manual (p.14) rather than a general treatise on the subject of navigation, so you won't find any whimsical discussions on Naismith or Tranter within these covers. As a result, in places the book reads like a business memo - full of bullet points and sentence fragments - which might be useful for instruction but is not always enjoyable to read. That said, the format does provide outstanding clarity on the technical processes of navigation and thus it's easy to forgive Brotherton's style and choice of presentation. What is not (perhaps) so easy to forgive is the typos and errors that pop-up throughout the book that interrupt delivery and can frustrate the learning process. There are also references to smartphone applications and websites that no longer seem to exist (p.256) - a sure sign that the author has not fully considered the ephemeral nature of technology.
As a matter of course, it's often easier to criticize than it is to acknowledge the true value of another's efforts: it would be an egregious wrong to focus on the shortcomings of The Ultimate Navigation Manual without emphasising just how good it is. There can be little doubt that Brotherton is an expert in his field and that he has a gift for teaching; no matter how experienced a navigator you might be, there is almost certainly something to be learned from this book. If future editions are edited to remove the minor irritations, this truly will be The Ultimate Navigation Manual - until then, it's only excellent!
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2015 15:07:08 GMT
The Voice of Reason says:
Great review. Thanks.
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