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Posted December 5, 2010
The Riddle of the Compass by Amir Aczel travels through time tracing the invention and impact of the compass. This book conveys the importance of the compass for travel but gets side tracks occasionally and wonders off onto another topic such as the earlier navigational devices, and the controversy over who actually founded the compass. Amir Aczel overall does a good job at explaining the economical boom that the compass creates for nations. Although he gets his points across very well he often repeats the same information over and over between different subjects. Amir cites first-hand accounts of the compass that largely contribute to the evidence of his points. He also tracts the history of many towns and explorers that were affected by the founding of the magnetic compass. Between these accounts Amir was able to fully support the importance of the magnetic compass and its long lasting affect on the world, although these accounts were not tied together very well until the end. Amir Aczel successfully creates a work on the origins and significance of the compass, however the summary connects the long tale in a more intresting and compact way. If I were you I would skip back bone of the book and go right to the meaty part conclusion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.