The Golden Guides
These wonderful books cover an array of subjects that I, and many others, remember and cherish from our youth. While often considered literature based for children or young adults, these books carry with them a complete and useful overview of their subject matter. As the name implies, The Golden Guides can be used as field guides and are worth carrying into the field. This publisher has a very unique and rare way of presenting photographs, illustrations, numbers and graphs that convey concepts easily understood by someone simply enjoying the acquisition of knowledge for its own sake. Most of these books were written in a time when the Internet did not exist and this kind of knowledge was difficult to find. In this day and age, there is a lot of competition, but their strong suit is that they are user friendly. It is for these reasons they make my list of recommended reading.