I have been familiar with tarot since about 1971 when a friend introduced me. Although my study hasn't been constant during all those years, I embarked on a search of MANY tarot books over the years and eventually started to read cards professionally around 2000. I have read a good many people's cards over the past ten years.
Not only are the meanings of the cards concise they agree overall about 90-95 percent with my take on the cards. This book is excellent and I wish that when I was embarking on my studies of card meanings( I eventually formed my own ideas as there was so many different views) this book had been around. Often folks will ask for information on tarot and how they can learn it and now I feel I can offer them a great reference.
Additionally, I usually stick to the celtic cross spread because somehow I never felt that I clicked with any of the others, for some reason, though, the way this book laid out the spreads made it all logical for me and I feel that when I read now I can offer clients a variety.
So, it is my feeling that whether experienced with the tarot or not, this book offers something for all providing a great understanding and it is extremely easy to grasp.