This is a decent beginners’ book on photography. While there are better ones out there, it wouldn’t be a bad use of time to peruse this one. It has a pretty good overview of general principles of photography, though it lacks depth. I would warmly recommend this for first time DSLR / SLR users. There are several photos that serve as good examples of clean composition. That alone may be reason enough to read this book. I don’t consider myself a beginner and I’m not the target audience for this book.
Verdict: Recommended for photography beginners.