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on 13 February 2013
The handbook contains much useful information, including the reference section at the back, and there is much to recommend it.
However, the structure and aim of the book are rather haphazard. If aimed at the novice, then the advice that you "only" need learn 50 or so American valves is misplaced, but if aimed at the experienced repairer, then they would not need to be talked through Ohm's Law. To be referred to as a repair handbook, I think there should be more practical information, such as how to dismantle a radio, clean the chassis, polish the case, etc.
I personally found the writer's tone off-putting in places, for example:
"It has been the writer's ill-fortune to have read in recent years a tremendous amount of nonsense written by ill-informed persons..."
"The writer has seen a great deal of rubbish expounded by know-all alarmists..."
It is perhaps nitpicking, but he misquotes Sherlock Holmes, stating that "when all the possible solutions have been investigated without result the answer must lie with the impossible" rather than "...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Sherlock Holmes's original statement made perfect logical sense, whereas the misquoted version does not.
I would regard it as an interesting and invaluable addition to a radio repairer's bookshelf, but I just don't think it is comprehensive enough to be properly regarded as a repair handbook. In this regard, I much prefer Tony Thompson's books, which are very practical and better presented.