The usefulness of The ABCs will depend a lot on what kind of personality you have and how you learn. I personally found it to be so basic as to be nearly useless, others do not.
The front section of any reloading manual will give you the same pertinent information as the ABCs but, if you're anything like me, a lot of what you need to know you'll never figure out (or fully understand) until you get the equipment and start working. Not everyone learns like I learn though, so you have to understand how your own mind works. I learn by answers to the "Why I'm doing..." question, not by learning "What I'm doing...".
I've got a copy of The ABCs, send me a PM with your address and I'll mail it to you if you want it.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.