This is definitely the best knitting book I have ever had - I wish I had bought it years ago.
The cover might not be very encouraging: it has a photo of a very dated, shapeless jumper, but the contents are far from dated.
The ideas in the book are brilliant, Knitting from the Top will enable you to knit almost anything, top down and seamlessly - without patterns.
It describes in detail (and in a way that is very easy to follow) how to make the following:
raglan pullovers: boat neckline, turtleneck, wide-collared, v-neck, square-neck, round-yoke, raised neckband
raglan cardigans: v-neck, lapels, square-neck, one-button
capes: poncho, cape style shawl, ruffled or gathered capelet, cape with arm slits
skirts: pleated, gathered, tulip shaped, scalloped, lace
trousers and tights (several types)
sleeveless sweaters: wide neck, collared square neck, vest, jumper dress
seamless set-in sleeve
seamless saddle shoulder (3 types)
kimono sleeve (several types)
square set sleeve
caps: narrow crown, stocking cap, helmet with chin straps, helmet with neckband (the last two perfect for babies/ toddlers)
Each technique is accompanied by a diagram showing not only the shape of the garment being described, but also increases, decreases or short rows, which I found very helpful. There are no photos of finished garments in the book, which makes it timeless.