The Betta Handbook
Robert J. Goldstein, Ph.D.
This book covers betta history, fin types, colors, wild bettas, food, diseases, genetics, and breeding bettas. It was published in 2004.
* TONS of information on wilds. If you want to get into wild bettas, THIS is the book for you.
* Good information on diseases
* Good information on history that also touches on fighting practices.
* Fair amount of pictures. Pictures of wild species that aren't often shown in books.
* Genetics and color information is extremely technical and dry and doesn't really help the reader with the age old question of what will I get if I put these two fish together.
* Book seems to have a lack of focus and only really shines in its coverage of wild bettas.
* Very dry read.
* Pictures are small.
While this book is a fairly dry read and would scare away any beginning betta keeper, or breeder with its complex talk of protein structures (complete with molecular composition diagrams!), it is saved by its coverage of wild bettas and betta history. This book may have a majority of splendens on the cover, but that is not where it shines.