I'm frequently asked for recommendations regarding books on intellectual theories and assessments. All of those interested in intelligence theory and assessment should now be very pleased....you can start your X-mas gift shopping early! Two new books (one new and one a revision) have just been, or will soon be, published.
First, Flanagan and Harrisons's second edition of Contemporary Intellectual Assessment (aka the "CIA" book) is a must read. Like the first editon, it is "the" must read on the application of contemporary intelligence theories to the applied science of intelligence testing. It is due out in March. This book is clearly one Oprah would have on her book club if she was wanting to help the field of applied intellectual assessment move forward. Kudos to Flanagan and Harrison! (Potential conflict of interest note - I was paid 200 bucks for one chapter in the book).
The second is probably the best up-to-date book that delves deeper into contemporary research and theory. Handbook of Understanding and Measuring Intelligence (Wilhelm and Engle), IMHO, appears to be the best single integrative source that deals with the hard research side of theories of intelligence.
Together these books are very complimentary. Wilhelm and Engle's edited text provides the research and theoretical background upon which Flanagan and Harrison's edited CIA book then builds (not on all parts of Wilhelm and Engle's book...but many). So, if one could only read two books to get up-to-speed on the contemporary research and theory regarding human intelligence and then the translation of that research into the applied practice of intelligence testing, these are the two books I would recommend.
Oprah. Are you listening?