This book is a very down-to-earth guide to selecting the best handgun type and caliber for an individual to carry for self-defense. Holsters, combat tactics, and local laws are not discussed, but that isn't the point of the book. Wiley Clapp is a very respected gun writer, a former U.S. Marine and law enforcement officer.
His opinion is rather heavily weighted towards larger calibers of handguns, and rightly so. However, he approaches all of the myriad makes and models of handguns objectively. Part of his book does cover the ballistics and physics of different handgun calibers in simple terms. This makes it easier for people who are unfamiliar with guns to understand what exactly it is that makes a gun or bullet truly lethal.
The author provides precise measurements of size and weight of all the popular models of pistols, allowing the reader to get an idea of just how light(or heavy!) some handguns can be. This book seems to have been written to those who are new to handguns, but even seasoned gun lovers will enjoy reading this excellent guide.
Concealed Carry : The Shooter's Guide to Selecting Handguns