M. Broderick

Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (19 of 20)
Location: Oklahoma City, OK USA
In My Own Words:
I am a manager for the government, a history buff, and a fan of adventure travel and historical travel. I also enjoy mysteries, science fiction, and nautical stuff from the Age of Sail. The books I pick to review probably tipped you off to this already!


Top Reviewer Ranking: 391,563 - Total Helpful Votes: 19 of 20
Close-Up on Insects: A Photographer's Guide by Robert Thompson
This book does well at covering the basics of insect photography. The author begins by giving a broad review of general photographic principles. Almost all of this is better-covered in general photography books, and it doesn't add much. About the only thing unusual in this section is the author's encouragement that medium format cameras are the best choice for insect macro photography. He gives some good arguments for this, and adequately covers most of the reasons NOT to use medium format, except that he completely omits any mention of the problems with depth of field inherent in medium format.
The author definitely is an entomologist, and appears extremely knowledgeable about… Read more
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The author leads with his strongest material--In Chapters 1 and 2, the author gaves a convincing explanation of logic and emotion interact in the brain, and how this affects behavior under stress. He applies this explanation to two actual examples where knowledgeable and trained people did stupid, self-destructive things that are in direct opposition to their knowledge and training. That in itself was probably worth buying the book for. The author claims that the majority of people, when confronted with a highly stressful situation, don't react appropriately. This doesn't mean that they will fail to come through the situation, they may survive through luck, and they may have the… Read more
Beyond the National Parks: A Recreation Guide to P&hellip by Mary E. Tisdale
Good things about this book are:
1. It does provide good information on some BLM land, mostly in the West, but some as far East as Minnesota! Not-so-obvious stuff such as location of the nearest medical care for each site is included.
2. The book has everything condensed into one compact reference--A lot more convenient than a bunch of pages printed off the web and stuffed in a pocket in your suitcase.
3. It also does have nice photographs, but face it, nobody buys this book for the photos!
So much for the good. The not-so-good things include:
1. You can find most of this information on the internet, with persistence. Admittedly, this would take some time, and… Read more