Most definitely concur. Wooley’s book on Dee is certainly the one for anyone who wants to get an all round overview of John Dee’s life.

It shouldn’t really be a surprise that Dee is mainly known now for his scrying, Enochian endeavours etc. That’s what most people want to read about after all. But whilst reading the parts of the book before all the “weird” stuff, I was amazed at how much Dee actually achieved and the level of his accomplishments. In many ways, it’s quite sad that his whole persona revolves around rather dodgy occult practices and his real, quantifiable, talents have been overlooked. The word “genius” is bandied around far too often these days, but I think that John Dee most certainly deserves to be considered in this definition.