Myron's book is detailed enough to allow a novice to emulate his basic techniques before moving on to what works best for them on an individual basis. The one thing missing from most beginners' arsenal is the same cooker that the author uses. Give me a JOS like Myron uses and I bet I could come a lot closer to matching his results (not as far as winning contests, but taste/texture stuff). In dealing with anything MM, you have to be aware that you are dealing with a persona he has created to enhance the "winningest man in BBQ" mystique.
BBQ Apprentice - Old Country Brazos offset, 22.5 WSM, Various gassers, portable grills, etc.