If I could only have one book on tarot meanings, this would be the one I would have.
It's a 322 page softcover book chocked full of information. The author is teacher and psychiatrist, and has a profound knowledge of all things tarot.
The book includes upright and reversed meanings, along with keywords for each card. The author has a wonderful sense of humour, and presents the meanings in a way that even a beginner can understand and relate to.
He also goes into considerable depth regarding the different suits, as well as numerology and astrological associations to the cards.
This is a perfect book for those just getting started in tarot, but it's also very well respected by adept tarot readers.