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If you like instruction manuals...,
This review is from: The Dangerous Book for Men: How to Triumph over Perils and Pitfalls (Hardcover)
There are a plethora of these books out there at the moment with "The Dangerous Book for Boys" probably being the book to have kick-started the trend. But which of them is better? Well I have only read this one so I can't possibly answer that question but I can relay my thoughts about this particular book.
Basically this is a book of mini-instruction manuals. It contains many different sets of instructions detailing how to navigate using the sun, or how to survive falling out of a plane with a failed parachute and so on. It is the stuff that you'd expect Bear Grylls to know but that other men need not know. Hence this is a book that is best read by dipping in and out of it skipping the bits that you think are not relevant or that are not of interest.
The instructions are illustrated with occasional funny little drawings and diagrams to help you understand the sometimes detailed text. Also each section is normally introduced with a joke just to lighten up what would be a very dull book indeed if it were just a continued set of instructions on how to do some such "dangerous" task and then another separate "dangerous" task. And as to whether dangerous tasks include how to darn a sock or how to sew on a button or not is up to the reader to decide (after all you might get that needle stuck into your thumb, ouch).
Lastly is the advice in the book any good? Well next time I have to escape from a bear I'll let you know. And if I am unable to let you know then you'll know that the advice was not up to scratch.
(And if this review hasn't convinced you either way as to whether to purchase this book or not then use the Amazon `look inside' feature to view its contents and also to see some sample sections.)