The AT Backpacker is a well-written, no-nonsense guide. The Logues give the low-down on hiking with an eye toward the Appalachian Trail. I found everything I needed to know about foods to eat and how to be safe drinking water. They also go through the dizzying array of gear out there, from tents and backpacks to stoves, sleeping bags, boots and clothes, all with the AT in mind. There are also chapters on winter backpacking, backpacking with children, and long distance hiking which expand on the basics.
This book gave me the confidence to get out on the trail for some shorter hikes (weekend hikes and a week-long trip). I have used the checklist for overnight hikes in the back of the book to prepare for many hikes and find it the best equipment checklist anywhere.
I recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more before hitting the AT for a hike.