Defense in the 21st Century is the third book in the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Bridge Series. This book was written by Audrey Grant. It provides an introduction to different defensive tactics that can be used in bridge. It is suitable for beginners and people who haven’t played in a while and that want to refresh their knowledge of the game.
This is a 418 pages spiral bound book published by Baron Barclay Bridge in April 2008. It is part of a series of books published by the ACBL that has been designed to use together with two ACBL software programs. The book can be used without the software. The series is often sold together as one class but you do not need the other books to benefit from this one.
- This book is an excellent way for players who haven’t played in a few years to catch up with the changes in defensive strategies that have taken place during the 21st century,
- The spiral bind is very suitable for this kind of book and make it easier to leave the book open while studying.
- Each chapter ends with a small quiz that let you see if you have learned the lessons in that chapter or if you should read it again before moving on.
- Each chapter contains exercises that help you learn.
- The book gives good examples of the strategies used which makes it easy to understand and learn the strategies discussed.
- The language used is easy to understand .
- A big drawback with this book is that it doesn’t offer any index. This is not a problem if you read the book as a bridge course but does make it a lot harder to go back and check things later.
- This book is meant as a course book and has a spiral-bind. It is made from rather low quality paper. This all means that the book easily get damaged and that it does not age as well as books with higher quality paper does.
- The book can be a bit confusing for beginners and are more suited for intermediate players or advanced beginners. If you are a complete beginner you can still learn a lot but might find the book a little hard to digest.