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This is It
on October 6, 2011
If you're looking to read Nietzsche -- either superficially or deeply -- there are only 2 books you really need: Kaufman's Portable Nietzsche and Kaufman's The Basic Writings of Nietzsche.
Of course, you're getting different works from both of these anthologies.
If you're looking to read Thus Spake Zarathustra (as well as letters, Twilight of the Idols, the Antichrist, and selections from many of his other works), buy the Portable Nietzsche reader
If you're looking to read Beyond Good and Evil and the Geanology of Morals (or the Birth of Tragedy / Ecce Homo, etc.) buy the Basic Writings.
Really, you SHOULD own both. One is certainly not a substitute for the other. However, if you're thinking about what to read first.... let me put it like this:
Read Thus Spoke Zarathustra first if you're looking for something more laconic and literary (buy Portable Nietzsche)
Read Beyond Good and Evil first if you're looking for something more aphoristic and philosophical (buy Basic Writings)
All in all, I reference them both about the same.... and once you've worked your way through these you can touch The Will to Power.
Good Luck!!! He really was brilliant man. Hopefully you won't be one of the many who have egregiously misunderstood what he was saying.