Re: winning in tough hold em games
I've read through the entire book, although I'm not sure how much of it actually applies to my game. I don't play online, and I'm usually a $2/4 limit player live. However, any home game that I play in can quickly become far nastier than your typical loose/passive casino table -- players are far more aggressive, accurate with reads, and are capable of making plays at the pot.
The main focus in Winning in Tough Holdem Games is how to handle short-handed, 2~3 way post-flop situations that occur in tight/aggressive games when you attempt to steal the blinds, or when someone else attempts to steal your blind. The blind steal/defense recommendations presented are based on mathematical analysis and empirical evidence from the authors' Poker Tracker databases.
The first section of the book deals with preflop play -- open-raising (with a very nice chart that varies your open-raising requirement based on position), blind stealing ranges, big blind defense ranges (based on the stealer's hand range), 3-betting preflop, defending from the small blind.
The second portion of the book is devoted to the various betting patterns that occur in heads-up post-flop pots, and when certain playing strategies should be utilized when out of position. The topic of semi-bluffing is covered as well. Other miscellaneous topics are covered include bankroll management and "going pro".
It's a good book to read for players that already understand "small stakes" holdem and want to expand their knowledge of the game -- however, the knowledge contained would probably be best applied to mid and high stakes games (10/20, 15/30 and above).