This was a book that I was excited about when I found it in a second hand bookstore. Unfortunately, that excitement soon faded to disilussionment. Sadly, the bok has very little about cabinet making and is more a general autobiography. Unlike Thomas from the Joiner and Cabinet Maker, following James is a disaapointment.
Occasionally there was some reference to woodworking that I found interesting, and the book certainly doesn’t pull any punches about the nature of the workmen in the workshop, but its a forgettable book in the long term.
I wouldn’t waste money on this book, I think there are better candidates for you library.