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Paul Lusk
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I Hi All,
I was just reading in another forum that a java newbie had purchased " Java For Dummies " . This gets me thinking " Why would anyone ever purchase a book that took the approach ( at least implied if not in fact ) that the readers were dummies ? " I don' t have an answer and I do realize that this series of books has been around for a long time. How do others of you feel about this idea ?
P.S. I wonder If the Book "C++ for dummies" really teaches java instead of C++ . Just Kidding People ! PL
Jeanne Boyarsky
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It doesn't bother me because I know the book will have a light reading style. This is great for "basket weaving for dummies." I'm less than thrilled about their programming bugs because the target audience is casual programmers and not developers.


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There are a lot of "for dummies" books, and quality may vary. I own one, about French history, and I love it. It's clear, it's fun. I think the title is misleading. It's aimed both at people who like history, and people who don't (which doesn't mean they are dummies) !


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Paul Lusk
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Christopher,
Just wondering, have you read any other books dealing with French History? Maybe you have read Will and Ariel Durant's "The Age of Napoleon" . I can see something like " French history for dummies" at best getting someone interested enough to read something more in depth. Would that be a fair summarization ? PL
P.S. Yea I do love reading History . PL
P.S.S Jeanne, I do take your point about subject appropriatness . Still PL
Christophe Verré
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Paul Lusk wrote:Christopher,
Just wondering, have you read any other books dealing with French History? Maybe you have read Will and Ariel Durant's "The Age of Napoleon" . I can see something like " French history for dummies" at best getting someone interested enough to read something more in depth. Would that be a fair summarization ? PL
P.S. Yea I do love reading History . PL

I've read many other history books (in French), especially around the French Revolution period. Books about Marie-Antoinette, books about Napoleon (the three tomes by Max Gallo is very good)... The "for dummies" ("pour les nuls" in French) book is a great place to start. It brushes up all the major events in a brief and clean style. From there, I wanted to read more about some specific periods, events and people. It's actually a dangerous book, because it made me buy much more books after
Paul Lusk
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Christophe, Yikes ! I apologize for being so quick with my response to your reply to even notice that I had your name spelled wrong and now I also notice the apostrophe above your last name. So me , being so quick on the uptake, am now thinking you probaly have French ancestry and for all I know may even be French. Thanks for your restraint in dealing with someone that you may have thought to be a know-it-all. PL
Lester Burnham
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I've only ever thumbed through books of that series, but I never got the impression that readers were treated like (or assumed to be) dummies. Yeah, the titles are a bit off-putting, but I think it's more of a didactic device that's meant to imply "everybody can grasp this". Just like there's a whole series Manga Guide to Science that employs a comic style to teach.
 
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