According to The French Post, the best book overall for learning French is "Berlitz Self-Teacher for French." The best-reviewed French instructional book according to Amazon customers as of September 2014 is "French Vocabulary (Quickstudy: Academic)" by Inc. BarCharts.
"French Vocabulary (Quickstudy: Academic)" has a five-star rating but fewer than 50 reviews as of September 2014. It was published on March 1, 2001. On the other hand, "Berlitz Self-Teacher for French" was published in 1949 and "stood the test of time and remains one of the best self-teaching French learning manuals on the market today," says The French Post. The site also recommends the books "Easy French Step-by-Step" by Myrna Bell Rochester for beginners learning grammar and "Mastering French Vocabulary – A Thematic Approach" by Anne-Marie Plouhinec and Wolfgang Fischer to expand vocabulary.