Warning – Shameless commercial plug.
The third edition of Technical Analysis: Plain and Simple is scheduled for release in January. It is available for free preview online at http://my.safaribooksonline.com/9780137057061.
From this page, click on the link to the table of contents. My favorite chapter is “Case Study – Bizarro World” that covers what went wrong with analysis in 2008-2009.
If you are looking for a basic book on technical analysis, this is it. And it is almost as sarcastic as this blog.