Bridge books, like books in many other card and board games, are very strange things. Looking at them from a beginner standpoint, they make little if any sense. There are many titles with concepts beginners have little or no knowledge about.
A beginner will wonder what words like conventions, declarer play, defense mean, and why they all need a whole book to explain them. For them the reality seems there really is no clear candidate book for them. Below, however, are the best books for beginners I have found.
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- 5 Weeks To Winning Bridge
- Bridge In 3 Weeks
- Bridge For Dummies
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Bridge
- Bridge Basics 1: An Introduction
- The Fun Way to Serious Bridge
- Beginning Bridge Complete
- Bridge Basics, 4th Edition
There are a few kinds of beginner books. There are ones that say “idiot” or “dummy” but are actually very good at teaching a subject, even to people that aren’t beginners. Some books are out-of-print, even though they are classics! Others are standard books recommended throughout the years, and for that reason never seem to be updated. ”If it’s not broke don’t fix it!”
The main thing in picking a beginner book is to pick one that speaks to you. If you can preview the actual contents, like you can sometimes at Amazon or from a local library, you can see if you like the content and writing style and see if it’s the right book for you. Also, check the credentials of the author. Being an expert doesn’t make you an expert teacher, but it does help knowing your teacher really knows his stuff.
My best advice is to buy 2 or 3 highly rated beginner books and look between them if one or the other doesn’t make sense. Have fun learning with friends as well!