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I like Gron and Hervik, and I like Carroll's notes,

https://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9712019

but I don't either is suitable as introductory self-study material (except for very strong students).

Carroll's book, "An Introduction to General Relativity:Spacetime and Geometry" is much better than his notes, but it is not free.

My personal recommendations (and thus probably different than other folks' recommendations) for self-study are:

1) "Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's Relativity" by Hartle,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0805386629/?tag=pfamazon01-20

2) "A First Course in General Relativity" by Schutz,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0521887054/?tag=pfamazon01-20

together with "A Student's Manual for A First Course in General Relativity" by Scott,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1107638577/?tag=pfamazon01-20

3)"A General Relativity Workbook" by Moore,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1891389823/?tag=pfamazon01-20

https://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9712019

but I don't either is suitable as introductory self-study material (except for very strong students).

Carroll's book, "An Introduction to General Relativity:Spacetime and Geometry" is much better than his notes, but it is not free.

My personal recommendations (and thus probably different than other folks' recommendations) for self-study are:

1) "Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's Relativity" by Hartle,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0805386629/?tag=pfamazon01-20

2) "A First Course in General Relativity" by Schutz,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0521887054/?tag=pfamazon01-20

together with "A Student's Manual for A First Course in General Relativity" by Scott,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1107638577/?tag=pfamazon01-20

3)"A General Relativity Workbook" by Moore,

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1891389823/?tag=pfamazon01-20

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http://pages.pomona.edu/~tmoore/grw/resources.html

And student manual:

http://pages.pomona.edu/~tmoore/grw/onlinestudentman.html

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I also liked Einstein's "The Meaning of Relativity". It's rather elderly and a lot of the maths is presented in a rather old fashioned way. But he was trying to convince a lot of hidebound old physicists that he wasn't crazy, and I found that a useful perspective.

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Instead of a book, would you consider following a free course that's available online? There's Leonard Susskind's course from Stanford and Alexander Maloney's course from McGill. I preferred the latter.

As for books, some of them are quite formidable for a beginner learning on their own. There are a couple that are more geared toward the novice and will put you in a better position to follow some of the heavyweights on Physics Forums:

o A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Notes Towards a Very Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity by Peter Collier

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0957389450/?tag=pfamazon01-20

o The Einstein Theory of Relativity, A Trip to the Fourth Dimension by Lillian Lieber

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1589880447/?tag=pfamazon01-20

The style of Lieber's book is unconventional but I found it to be excellent. Collier's book is a bit odd as it assumes you don't even know calculus and spends a lot of pages going over basics like that.

As usual, some topics are not covered in all the sources, or some may do a particular topic better than the others, so it wouldn't hurt to have more than one available.

As for books, some of them are quite formidable for a beginner learning on their own. There are a couple that are more geared toward the novice and will put you in a better position to follow some of the heavyweights on Physics Forums:

o A Most Incomprehensible Thing: Notes Towards a Very Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics of Relativity by Peter Collier

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0957389450/?tag=pfamazon01-20

o The Einstein Theory of Relativity, A Trip to the Fourth Dimension by Lillian Lieber

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1589880447/?tag=pfamazon01-20

The style of Lieber's book is unconventional but I found it to be excellent. Collier's book is a bit odd as it assumes you don't even know calculus and spends a lot of pages going over basics like that.

As usual, some topics are not covered in all the sources, or some may do a particular topic better than the others, so it wouldn't hurt to have more than one available.

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Ha - it is a strange title for a book.

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/0387260781/?tag=pfamazon01-20 (Foster and Nightingale) is pretty nice as an introduction to the subject, perhaps supplement it with a more standard text like Carroll's.

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