Michael Korda is the editer in chief at Simon and Shuster and a watch collector. Mr. Korda is a very heavy hitter in his profession, and I sure would not like to run into him at auction if I were in the market for a complicated 19th century Patek with papers. I am sure that considering his considerable achievements as an author and editor this book was a work of love. The book, published by Barnes and Noble, is a very fine guide to watch collecting at a very general level. He discusses his evolution to collection of complicated Patek pocket watches of the late 19th century with significant provenence paperwork. He also give a lot of advice most of which I think is excellent. I think he is wrong on one particular. He says that recently it was possible to obtain Lange Watches at a faction of the current going prices. Not my experience and I was looking in the mid 70's. I wonder how carefully he check this. Another area where I think he may have missed out is that he views watch collectors as alone and largely isolated. A lot of my enjoyment has been with the people I have met and stayed in contact with, desite many job driven relocations. I also enjoy NAWCC meetings and our local Greater Boston Watch and Clock club meetings. He has a lot us useful advice on buying wearing and caring for watches and suggestion on what others should collect. He has useful suggestion regarding how to get a waistcoat (Vest) altered for pocket watch wear. I was surprised that he did not suggest getting trousers with a watch pocket as I have done. Aside from these quibbles its a very nice offering and very good to give to spouses, friends and colleagues who think we are all a tad weird. The book is very very inexpensive. I found it in the collectable section at my local Barnes and Noble.