First Poker Books
In light of the recent requests for recommendations (4aces07, magx, etc.) here are my recommendations [assuming NL player, anyone wanting to learn limit first I would have different suggestions]: brief reasoning in bold
1. Getting Started in Holdem by Ed Miller essential primar, clearly written, good intro to how you need to learn to think
2. Little Green Book, by Gordon** comprehensive overview, well written/easy read
and Probabilities by Hilger learn the math!
4. Killer Poker by Vorhaus learn aggression and intro to psychological factors
5. Little Blue Book, by Gordon** hand analysis/see how pro thinks through actual game play
6. Killer Poker No Limit by Vorhaus NL specific
7. Killer Poker by the Numbers by Guerrera learn/review the math!
8. Why you lose at poker, by Fox and Harper easy read leak plugger
any one (or ALL !!) of the following: "interwebs" selections
9. Internet Texas Holdem by Hilger (I think he as a package deal if you are getting the Odds book too)
9. Internet Poker by Krieger and Watterson
9. Killer Poker Online by Vorhaus
9. Killer Poker Online II by Vorhaus
Supplementals that can only help your game, but do not replace any of the above:
11. Little Black Book, by Gordon (aka "The Real Deal" republished)** beginners book
12. Killer Poker Holdem Handbook by Vorhaus workbook for psychology of the game (!)
(**Gordon's three books are available as a boxed set discounted over the individual purchase).
DO NOT MAKE THE FOLLOWING THE FIRST BOOK(S) YOU READ:
a. Theory of Poker (or ANY Sklanksy/Malmuth for that matter)
b. Harrington on Holdem 1-3
c. Weighing the Odds in Holdem Poker by King Yao
d. Super System I or II
you have one (or more) of the following:
1. you are already an experienced player
2. you have a mathematical and/or statistical background of some sort
3. you have decent or recent academic training and/or are used to rigorous study of texts in some manner.
You will, of course, want [a, b, c, d above] and more eventually, they just are not beginners books.