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BOOKS REVIEWS BY IAN C. PURDIE, VK2TIP

WHY BOOK REVIEWS?

Well the good people at Mc Graw-Hill Publishing were kind enough to send along a number of titles in which I was keenly interested. A great number of people do take quite seriously my recommendations and I believe it is of the utmost importance I get it right from the start.

Any form of writing is quite challenging, doing a book review is particularly challenging. I need to be fair and balanced in my review, the life of a technical author isn't an easy one and it is grossly unfair if a reviewer takes a casual approach to an author's work of love, sweat and tears.

And in case you were wondering, there are a couple of titles which will not be appearing here. Probably nothing wrong with them, I just can't bring myself to recommend them.

Meanwhile this is what I've read so far that I can enthusiastically recommend with comments and any criticisms I deemed appropriate. They appear below entirely in the order I did each particular review.

RF CIRCUIT DESIGN - Chris Bowick

I have never read a better book on RF design. Chris's book is a constant reference for the serious RF designer. You will be amazed at the quality and the quantity of the content. - 176 pages. Absolutely brilliant, don't leave home without it if you are seriously into the design of radio frequency circuits.
SEE MY FULL REVIEW

TEACH YOURSELF ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRONICS

My review copy of "Teach Yourself Electricity and Electronics", is the third edition and was written by Stan Gibilisco. It is published by Mc Graw-Hill who kindly provided me with my review copy. I think this is a particularly exciting text for hobbyists, professionals and technicians anxious to get a good grasp on the basis of electricity and electronics. "Teach Yourself Electricity And Electronics" comprises 700+ pages of well thought out tutorials. I would imagine it would be in great demand throughout schools, colleges and even universities as this title is obviously intended for students undertaking a course in electronics.
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THE AUDIOPHILE'S PROJECT SOURCEBOOK

"The Audiophile's Project Sourcebook" is devoid of the hype, superstition, myths, and expensive fanaticism often associated with "high-end" audio systems. It provides straightforward help in building and understanding top quality audio electronic projects that are based on solid science and produce fantastic sound!.
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OPTOELECTRONICS, FIBER OPTICS, AND LASER COOKBOOK

One of the hottest fields in electronics technologies today, optoelectronics is rich in possibilities and potential. "Optoelectronics, Fiber Optics, and Laser Cookbook" is a practical guide to optical circuits - including fiber optics and lasers - presents a collection of state-of-the-art experiments and projects for the student, technician, and hobbyist.
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ELECTRONICS - A SELF-TEACHING GUIDE

A review by Bill Edelman. "Electronics - A self-teaching guide". This has by far been the most complete, yet well written (easy to read) progressive step to understanding operation of components found in the most common discrete circuits. It assumes that the reader already understands the basics of electronics: ohms law, concept of current flow, and the like ... but provides a "pre-test" which is designed to reaffirm these topics as well as filling in the blanks...
SEE BILL'S REVIEW

CAR STEREO COOKBOOK

My review copy of "Car Stereo Cookbook", (How to Design, Choose, and Install Car Stereo Systems), is very well written by Mark Rumreich. If you ever intend to spend serious money on a quality car stereo system then buy this book. The common pitfalls to avoid, as disclosed by "The Car Stereo Cookbook" will handsomely repay your modest investment. Car Stereo Systems usually require the expenditure of some really "serious" money to get the desired results, and unless your decisions are very informed ones, it is all too easy to get burned big time financially. I honestly recommend you definitely buy a copy of "Car Stereo Cookbook" to save yourself the financial pain.

In the introduction Mark says: "The Car Stereo Cookbook provides a comprehensive and well organised guide to designing, choosing, and installing car car stereo systems. It's geared toward the technically orientated do-it-yourselfer who is interested in car stereo. It assumes some familiarity with car stereo's, but you don't need to have a degree in electronics or have installed a car stereo before".

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BUILD A REMOTE CONTROLLED ROBOT

In the preface David says: "My interest in robots leaned more toward the popular concept of robots as humanlike friends and servants. I did not have the technical skill or funds to build a computer-controlled robot, so I decided to develop a robot that would fit the popular image of robots and not be too difficult to complete or expensive to build. The result was Questor..." Please read on... Learn all about how to Build A Remote Controlled Robot...

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HELLS BELLS and MADEMOISELLES
- Joe Maxwell V.C., M.C. and bar, D.C.M.

Not Electronics, not fiction... "Hells Bells and Mademoiselles" is Joe's quite candid and, often hilariously funny account of his experiences between 1915 - 1919. My copy of this book [Angus & Robertson, 4th edition - 1936], was lent to me by my friend Jean Willet who also happens to be Joe's daughter....

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A lot more coming, at least another 20 in the pipeline (some not even printed yet) please keep in touch...

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AUDIOPHILES PROJECT SOURCEBOOK
BUILD A REMOTE CONTROLLED ROBOT
CAR STEREO COOKBOOK
ELECTRONICS A SELF TEACHING GUIDE
OPTOELECTRONICS FIBER OPTICS LASER COOKBOOK
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