This is a difficult review to write.
Navigation is a fascinating subject - and the ability of many ancient cultures to navigate around the globe with skill and precision is remarkable. As a result I was looking forward to reading this book.
Unfortunately, I think the book is a little confused as to what it is trying to be. Parts of it read like a navigation text book, but while they have the tone of textbook, I never felt like I was being given enough information to actually apply the things that we being discussed in the real word.
Then other parts read like popular science writing, exploring the culture of navigation. But these parts seem not to have been written with the lightness of touch needed to make this style readable, nor do they contain enough anecdotes to offset the "dry" style used.
It's clear that this book is packed with good information; I just found the style of writing put me off.
I would recommend that you read a few chapters before you press the "add to cart" button.
on 16 September 2014
Not enough theory to be a textbook, too short on anecdotes to be an easy read, far, far too long (it seems the author wrote down anything and everything that came into his head, a sin compounded by a seeming lack of editing) and the illustrations (which should be top notch for a book on navigation and maps) look like they have been done by a seven year old using a basic graphics package. Avoid, and go for a selection of shorter books that specialise in the area of navigation you are interested in.
on 12 October 2013
Okay, all techniques he culls from common sense, history, innovation and maybe a blind stroke of luck, but the way that he stacks these together to form an aegis really blew my mind. This book is for anyone who likes to look back in time in order to see the future.