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Advanced, NOT the TELEPHONE BOOK
on 5 April 2001
Wald's title is great and one of the best for a graduate course. It treats clearly with the mathematics, the Einstein equation and their conclusions, demonstrating every assert or theorem. However it isn't a book for beginners or for a complete reference of the subject. It centers its attention with black hole thermodynamics, singularity theorems, causality and things like spinors. The fundaments, and above all, the underlying ideas of General Relativity are treated very quickly, but it is ideal for people who know general relativity and want to increase his skills in order to become a "relativistic expert".
I think that this should be the relativity references (in order):
* Beginner: Spacetime Physics (Wheeler, Taylor), A journey into spacetime and gravitation (Wheeler), Exploring Black Holes (Wheeler, Taylor), A short course in General Relativity (Schutz; you only need multivariable calculus).
* "Middle": Spacetime Physics, A short course in General Relativity, Geometrical Methods of Mathematical Physics (Schutz), Gravitation (Misner, Thorne, Wheeler) = the telephone book.
* Advanced: A short course in General Relativity, Geometrical Methods of Mathematical Physics, Gravitation, (only part of) Geometry Topology and Physics (Nakahara), General Relativity (Wald), The Large structure of SpaceTime (Hawking).
Of course, these are only my orientative guidelines. Gravitation and Cosmology by Weinberg is a great book, but I don't like it because of his not geometric approach, all of above treat the modern point of view of Differential Geometry, clear, beauty and intuitive, despite not being the approach used by Einstein.