This is a great book
I met David Perry in November 2005 and, at that time, he asked me to write a review of his book. I wasn't happy about that. I liked him but what if I didn't like the book? I told my friend's sons about my predicament and they taunted me, predicting that I would sell out and say something I didn't believe.
After that, I resolved not to write anything if I didn't like what I saw. But, I didn't have to worry. This book is terrific. I recommend it to anyone and, in fact, if you buy it on my say-so and don't like it, I'll buy it back. Okay, I won't take more than twenty copies but, even if everyone took me seriously, I doubt that there would be more than one or two returned -- and those from born contrarians.
I'm a quibbler and proud of it so I could find plenty to argue about in David's book but, really, that would be missing the point. The overwhelming fact is that there is so much good information here, up-to-date and well-organized, that you don't have to accept every detail to learn a lot. In fact, you'd have to be out of work a long time in order to put much of it to good use.
Now, if that's what I think, why did it take me so long to deliver the review? Well, I haven't written one for a long time and there's so much information here I didn't know where to begin or, rather, end. Then, early one morning on the way to Starbucks, I saw a nice, clean copy of The Skeptical Inquirer sitting on top of somebody's garbage. I read the entire magazine including the book reviews and decided to follow a formula I found there. Make a few general statements, give a bit of evidence and leave it at that.
The review is below. If you want to disgree with something I've said or critique the review itself, I'd be happy to hear what you have to say.