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This is a good all-round reference on tea, with additional attributes that elevate it to essential status.
Uniquely for books in English, this book covers history and the main tea growing regions up to date and in some detail. There is fairly detailed information about the current state of the tea industry in China, Taiwan, and Japan, and recently developed tea varieties like Anji Bai Cha are discussed. The section on the biochemistry of tea is also highly recommended. The section presenting a scientific analysis of caffeine content of different kinds of tea is especially notable and this information is hard to find elsewhere.
I like to read this book in conjunction with The Tea Drinker's Handbook for that book's rigorous tasting notes and somewhat different selection of tea types.