Bolts & Fasteners
The Backyard Blacksmith by Lorelei Sims
Patience and knowledge of metals, tool and Techinques
Instructional illustrations, color exercises, and projects
I have read most of the "Beginner" how to books & this is the one to buy. If you can't learn enough to start blacksmithing with this book you need a different hobby.
One thing that makes this book stand out are the great pictures. Great book for someone just starting out & still a good book for any smith to read.