The selection of guitar books out there is bewildering, and so many of them have "classical favourites" included, and then you find they're either so simplified as to be a nonsense, or rather too challenging and not making the best of the instrument. This selection is excellent: the music is in notation and TAB, and there's a cd of the all the pieces to listen to, making it ideal whether you read music, rely on TAB, learn by ear or like me, a mixture of all three as the mood strikes. The arrangements capture the essence of the tune, add in enough of the bass line and vital chords to get a real sense of the piece, they sound "right" in other words, but as they're aimed at a more basic level, use long ringing bass notes and simple doubling of the melody to great effect - learn these well and you could easily entertain and impress most audiences without them realising how easy most of them are to play!
It covers most of the usual suspects: Debussy, Brahms, Satie, Bach, Gounod with some extra, less familiar pieces that work beautifully. Most pieces stay in first position and where barre chords are called for they are the less challenging ones. When the tune moves up the neck the arrangement is sparse so you don't feel you're running out of fingers.
Advanced guitarists or those looking for more complex arrangements will find nothing here, but for the rest of us, this is a delight, a book to relax with, to play with, to learn some great sounding melodies with minimal effort and to feel you've achieved something. The TAB notation means you don't even need to be able to read music, and is a handy crutch for those a little rusty in their playing and reading. Buy it, learn them, and start wowing people - and convincing yourself you've got some skill after all.