My copy of "From the Ground Up" is over 10 years old, yet I will still use it as a reference if I have a basic question about something flying related. This book is the perfect companion for a new pilot starting their flight training and ground school classes. While one generally wouldn't sit down and read this book for pleasure (although I do know some very enthusiastic flight students who have!), for such a technical book, it is a surprisingly easy read. It is well laid out with numerous headings and subheadings so if you're looking to find out information about a particular technical aviation topic, it is easy to find.
The book does not get into more advanced topics such as airline operations or instrument flying, or the `soft' factors such as career advice, but what is does cover is extensive. It comprehensively explains the basics for topics that all new pilots should be familiar with such as: Aircraft and Engine operations, Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation and Radio Procedures and, Airmanship.
"From the Ground Up" is a great book for the new flight student eager to learn about the technical aspects of flying.
Author of "So, You Want to be a Pilot, Eh?"