Lakdawala's book on the Caro-Kann is extraordinary for the following reasons: 1) The analysis is detailed and presented in a digestible fashion. 2) A question-and-answer format brings up queries that many readers might pose, and answers them on the spot. 3) Typical Caro-Kann strategies, tactics, and general ideas are constantly being discussed. 4) The book offers a complete Caro-Kann repertoire, which makes life easier for the Caro fan. 5) Lakdawala writes with both warmth and humor, making the book a wonderfully fun read. 6) Lakdawala goes out of his way to instruct, which is almost unheard of in an opening book. He wants you to know why moves are played, and what the Caro-Kann offers Black.
Cyrus Lakadawala has a rare talent for making difficult ideas easy to understand. Mix in the fact that he plays the Caro-Kann himself and is a true aficionado of this opening and you have a must buy for all Caro-Kann players, and a must buy for those that have to face it as White. Highly recommended for players 1500 (who will get a lot of milage from most of the material, but will be swamped by some of the more complex, tactically insane main lines that occur after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7) to 2400 (yes, his main line analysis is that good).