re: Poker & Book Selection?
I started playing holdem about 6 months ago. The first and only book I've read was called The Illustrated guide to Texas
Holdem by Denis Purdy. It covered Limit cash games. I thought it was pretty decent especially for me since I really didnt know how to play and I needed something to help me learn. It has I think 150 illustrated hands and he analyzes each one. He'll tell you what happens before the flop then after the flop and will kind of quiz you along the way asking you what should you do here, etc then he'll explain the correct move all the way through the river (if you make it that far). Most are actual hands he's been involved in.
I just received all three of Harringtons books in the mail and I started on volume 1 last night.
But the best learning tool for me so far is watching Daniel Neagranu play and analyze hands, sometimes he'll think outloud on the show High Stakes Poker when he think's he is beat.