Wow! This book is amazingly clear and inspiring. The easy, step-by-step lesson format is delightful. The meanings-at-a-glance keywords are enormously helpful (your eye usually beelines right to the exact keyword you need to see). Other books give you long-winded essays souped up with every symbol in the known universe. And then they throw in the Archetype of the Kitchen Sink, too, just for good measure. Such writers mean well, but their books are too often vague and chatty - something like Tarot for Politicians. This book, on the other hand, gives you brilliant discussions that are focused, practical and down-to-earth. I'm no expert, by the way. But I've read plenty of books on Tarot, some of them very good (I'm thinking here of Pollack). This one, however, is quite simply the best of them all. You can't go wrong with this selection.