I am an aerospace engineer, but also appreciate books which can explain the complex in clear and interesting language. If you want a good introduction into aerodynamics and the history of flight, this is it. Anderson will "trick" you into learning this complex subject because of his talent for explaining and teaching.
An excellent introductory text to those embarking on an aeronautical related degree or indeed the keen enthuthiast. The book introduces key topics such as aerodynamics, performance, stability and aircraft design. Pitched at a level so as not to swamp the reader in technical detail, the text is excellent as a precursor to more detailed technical textbooks. The book proved invaluable during my own undergraduate career in aeronautical engineering, from the first year right through to final year.