Originally Posted by odoreater
The good thing about Starting Strength is that it has detailed descriptions (I'm talking, 20-30 pages each) for the big exercises like squat, deadlift, military press, bench press, etc.
sounds like exactly what i'm looking for, odoreater. definitely gonna get that book.
i would also suggest "power to the people!" by pavel tsatsouline. concise, very entertaining to read, and no BS. it mostly details russian, eastern european and old-school american strength-building methods--and the scientific basis behind them.
for bodyweight exercises for max strength (not muscle endurance), he has a book called "the naked warrior." it's very different from any bodyweight exercise book i've read (i.e. matt furey, scrapper, etc.). it focuses on how you can increase max strength through bodyweight exercises, so you're only doing about 5 reps of each exercise--but with no weights. great for when you don't have access to an olympic barbell and freeweights.
he also has books on russian kettlebells and flexibility.
one of my favorite all-around books is "getting stronger" by bill pearl. before there was arnold, there was bill pearl. he really knows his stuff. his book has A LOT of info on nutrition and has very detailed descriptions and illustrations. in fact, i like this book a little more than arnold's encyclopedia. btw, he is a VEGETARIAN, and has won a mr. universe on a completely ovo-lacto vegetarian diet--and this was back in the day. a real pioneer.