For years I was exclusively a Windows user, but recently I bought a new MacBook Pro. When one is steeped in the terms and methods of another computer operating system, it's not an altogether easy task to relearn it all overnight. I got another book, "Switching to the Mac," and good as it is I found it a bit too deep and convoluted for where I was at the moment. Then I picked up "Macs for Dummies." The more I read it the more I liked it. Sure, there's a bit of the cute and trite - that's the style that has made this line of books famous and hugely successful after all - but nicely folded into the mix is an easily understood set of descriptions that walks one through how to use a Mac, from the most basic nuts and bolts like turning it on and off, to managing the core (core, get it?) functions of the operating system, and using the iLife serious of "lifestyle" programs. Then it's on to broader discussions of internet communication concepts, networking, dealing with problems, and a nice overview of ten indispensable Mac web sites.
The result is the best "Dummies" book I know of. There are two sorts of persons I think would benefit most from this book: someone totally new to computing (young or old) whose first computer is a Mac; and someone (like me) who has years of experience with PCs and needs a simple but broad-ranging assist in making the platform transition. One other consideration; some learn better with pictures than words. While this book has lots of pictures, the real meat is in the text, so it serves better the person who absorbs information best in that fashion rather than one who is more "visually" oriented.