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Great little book
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2012
This book is the just about the complete opposite of what I expected; I expected an extensive compendium of step-by-step instructions for various projects, with accompanying parts lists for each. Basically, I expected a big Arduino sales brochure that would guide me to the right kit / board.
However, this book is small, written in a narrative style, and it's only a rough guide to using any Arduino board.
As it turns out though, the book is perfect. The board wasn't developed so that the author could get rich hawking a bunch of accessories. The board is an open source microprocessor that you can hook up to anything, and this book is an intro to that world.
The book contains a bit of philosophy, some sparsely documented example projects, and some general electronics information. This is the perfect book if you really want to embrace the Arduino mindset and find your own way.
In the end it did help me decide what to buy, and I did buy a "kit". The book primarily helped by making me realize that I needed to go through the specifications of the boards / kits / components and think about what I wanted to try to build and what I was willing to pay.
It may not seem like it at first, but there is a lot of information in this little book. It's just not spelled out in lists or repeated over and over again.
By the way, after *much* deliberation I finally ordered Make's "Ultimate" Starter Package with the Arduino V3, which is not currently available on Amazon. I went with a kit only because of the wide array of parts.
I also decided to supplement this book with the Arduino Cookbook.