I want to learn to better read and write plans, and Workshop Drawing by Tubal Cain has the perfect content to suit my needs. It is well targetted and has an appropriate level of detail with lots of examples and is easy to read. It shows a bit of its age with discussions on how to sharpen pencils with knife and file where most of us would be using a computer CAD package (I use QCad). But even so, it is possible for a novice to lear quite a lot from this book.
So I would love to love it, but unfortunately, the editing really lets it down. I was worried when I found a typo in the first paragraph of the introduction, but the thing that really hurts the book is the new edition has “completely new illustrations and technical drawings” and unfortunately many of the illustrations no longer match the text (for example, the text will refer specification to arrows in a particular drawing, but there are no arrows in that drawing, leaving the poor novice wondering what is meant).