There are a ton of books out there about genealogy. You could spend all your time reading these, and have little time left for actual research. But every once in a while one comes along that grabs your attention. I personally read this book in its 4th edition printing, and was impressed. It was an excellent tool for anyone getting started. Randy Seaver recently posted his review of the new 5th edition printing, which you can read here. Please take a look at the blog post for his review and links to information about the book. You can see pages from the 344 page book on the preview page. It is not an inexpensive resource ($32.99 on Amazon.com). The 3rd edition is available at the Charleston County Public Library - I have shown the CCPL catalog listing at the end of this post.
There is more information about the book on the book product page.
Randy Seaver thought one of the most useful features of this book is the Jump-Start Chart (two screens below):
There is a lot of great information in this book and with technology changing by the hour, and the available resources growing on a daily basis, it is a great to have an updated edition!