This is a book that deserves more than just a mention in the "Current Read" section of my blog. My dad bought this for me after I bought my new camera and even though it's the first photography book I've owned, it's totally the best.
It's simple, but thorough. Plus, the National Geographic photographer who wrote it is a pretty funny guy. I imagine that we would get a long if we ever met in person. Check it out all you amateur photographers, it won't disappoint.