Go: A complete introduction to the game
by Cho Chikun
Specifically for western readers by one of the world's strongest players, it presents rules, tactics and strategy in a step by step, easy to understand way. Besides showing how to play, it has fascinating Go-world essays, sections on Go history, tournaments, Go and intelligence, computer Go, playing equipment, and more, broadening knowledge and understanding as well as stimulating interest. One of the best and most authoritative introductions to the game.