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Actually. many "advanced" texts are rather short (perhaps because they are more specialized or they do not need to be verbose or "entertaining" like many elementary texts are).

That reminds me of the seen in the first Antonio Banderas Zorro movie. Anthony Hopkins' character asks the wannabe Zorro how to fence, and wannabe Zorro says you stick the pointy end in the other guy. The "basic" stuff is actually everything you have to master to avoid getting killed in your very first duel.

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