Mel Bay's Guitar Method is perhaps the most popular book around for teaching
beginner guitar.Although I would recommend it, especially for those who have already been trained to play another instrument, I've found throughout the years of teaching lessons, that most beginner guitar students get bored of notes very easily. Another great book which combines learning tablature, chords, and notes concurrently is Teach Yourself to Play Guitar by Frank Jester.
You'll want to find out what kind of student you are. If you are more inclined to notes- i.e. mechanical in your approach to music- you'll want Mel Bay's Guitar Method. If you are not mechanical and are more inclined to experiment and jam, you'll want Teach Yourself Guitar. Both can be ordered by clicking the icons to the right.
The book I started learning Country guitar on was Country Guitar Play-Along: Vol. 17. It's a great product because not only is it a book with notes and tabs, but it's also has a cd which contains tracks and software that enables you to slow down the tracks on your computer and follow along with the tabs/notes. I would highly recommend this for anyone starting out. It's fun because it doesn't take you through boring exercises. It simply teaches you to play songs by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Merle Haggard, etc. Order yours today! Click the icon to the right, or here to pick up a copy.
This book is simply wonderful. I still use it sometimes. It's entitled Country Guitar Licks by Alan Warner. Let me tell you something. You'll get excited when you first get this book. It will teach you what you need to know as far as soloing. Different country styles from rockabilly to bluegrass are included. I was pumped the first time I realized I could make my guitar sound like a banjo. Included is a CD, with slowed down versions of all the exercises and songs. You won't want to miss out on this one, trust me. Order a copy. Click the icon to the right, or here, to be directed to it.