I retired from teaching chess a couple of years ago. I coached three High School state champions and another student who I helped became a Grand Master.
Buy this book. The book is aimed at beginners and players who want to improve.
Eade starts the reader with "zero knowledge" and leads us through most of the common things one must know about chess. His style is entertaining and interesting. There are some holes in the knowledge (three things to attack, pawn islands, etc...) and most of the explanations are short... However, he explains that the book presumes you will find someone who will help explain, explore, and master the material.
Will you become a good player with this book? If you learn by reading and have a resource that can help you explore the ideas more... such as pattern reorganization... then the answer is yes. Here is most of what you need to start and become reasonably strong (better than your friends or Dad) in one book. That is extremely rare.
No board (a way to say "chess set") is needed (until the games at the back of the book), the diagrams are reasonably clear so this book can be read anywhere. However, keep in mind this is an introduction to chess. You will want to follow it up with something that will drill you in pattern reorganization such as the "Total Chess Training" series and a more advanced book such as "How to Reassess you chess" (by Jeremy Silman). [Among other useful recommendations.]
I hate to admit it... but I learned a couple of new things (technical words to explain things) reading this book. I wish this book was around when I started.
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