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Book Review of The Dangerous Book for Boys

The Dangerous Book for Boys
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Helpful Score: 21

Despite all the high praise from various places, I didn't like this book. I found it lacking in all kinds of ways - far too many to list them all here. If you want to read my full review - which discusses the issues in more depth than this space allows - you can find it here:


I wanted to like The Dangerous Book For Boys - really - and at first glance I thought it had potential. But in the end it simply wasn't well written, well researched, or well presented.

Update on 11/19/07: Back when you could tell, people were marking this review as "not helpful". OK. Here are some examples of why I dislike the contents of this book.

There is a section on first aid, and it covers CPR. The description includes the initial pound on the chest, but that has been out of every CPR protocol for years and years. I know, I'm a volunteer fire fighter and I have to re-cert on it regularly. I wouldn't want to be the victim if this is someone's first aid guide.

The section on pirates has no interesting information at all. Zero.

The rules for various games (like soccer) are unintelligible at best.

I could go on, but there really isn't enough space here. Suffice it to say the book is both badly researched and poorly presented. It could have been so much better.

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