The American Pit Bull Terrier is an informative, easy-to-read reference geared to owners and those would-be owners who are considering adopting a pit. And I recommend adopting over purchasing because the shelters are just flooded with pits of all ages. But back to the book: it gives insight into the dog's personality, provides background history, and lists training tips that are valuable to all levels of doggie experience.
As far as the dog's personality: As The American Pit Bull Terrier states, there is nothing, absolutely nothing about the pit that should discourage anyone from adopting one. Once the dog is temperment checked at a reliable shelter/rescue to determine whether any former abuse/neglect has left a lasting imprint (our pit has a lasting fear of our garden hose. We were told that the staff at the shelter used to get a little too aggressive with the pressure hose when cleaning out the kennels which apparently left a lasting impact on our dog) there is nothing to prevent it from becoming a great family dog.
As The American Pit Bull Terrier states, these are dogs that love their people, even when they have the misfortune to hook up with bad people. They are a bit testy with other dogs and are not prime dog park dogs but are loyal and loving companions and with the proper training and socialization they make great family members.