In Fingerpicking Country the song selection one gets to choose from is fairly good. I love seeing some of the Standards mixed in with newer hits of the day. It wouldn't hurt if some of the newer hits were after 1980 though. This book could or should have the sub-title "standards". This does not mean that the songs are bad choices or unrecognizable. Just that some newer country hits would reach a broader audience.
The arrangements are set around an advanced beginner or early intermediate guitarist's level of playing and not just intermediate level guitarists. Solid advanced intermediate and beginning advanced level students should have no problem sight reading through these songs,while advance students will add their own nuances right away. I like the Hal Leonard Fingerpicking series because it offers a ready made repetoir for those songs that everyone knows and that I can have at my fingertips at any gig for a request made by an audience member. I can sight read these straight through. They are good for teachers to use for their style specific students as well. But be careful,because there's not much here for the younger student to know and enjoy.