I ordered Running for the Average Joe from an online bookstore and was not disappointed. The author covers the entire gamut of running, from history to nutrition, to the science of running. I work in the medical field as a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) and was very impressed with the chapters on psychology and physiology. I would have liked to see a bit more information on the diet programs in the Nutrition chapter, but overall, the coverage is accurate.
It was very apparent that the author took time for researching the topics before sending it off to print.
The chapters on strength and conditioning, and cross-training are excellent, as well as the section on setting goals.
Finally, the training plans at the back of the book are just as good, if not better than some of the "paid plans" that are available. They're simple, logical and effective. The basic plans guarantee at least two rest days per week. The intermediate plans give you one day of rest and at least one "easy" day. The advanced level plans are just that - if you're looking to compete, these plans will put you at a competitive level if followed as written. The plans do take a bit longer than some of the other training plans that are out there, but they bring you up to speed without too much risk of injury. Many of the other training plans that I've seen push too hard, too fast, and can result in injury.
All in all, a book that is very well done, and I highly recommend it.