As an intermittent student of Taoism and other Eastern philosophies, this is a fascinating read. It's fit for most peoples' sensibilities, a lot of it is similar to the sentiments expressed by Sun Tzu (although it's been a while since I've last looked at him).
This is a simple text, simple translation, but very profound. It's easily read in one night, but to truly understand it, I think, takes much longer.
This is the translation of The Tao that woke me up, made sense to me in a way no other translation had. It doesn't have the "wrought" feeling that most poetic translations have. I didn't feel the translator behind the words, and I could picture The Old Guy, sitting on his hill, writing this down.
Moreover, the introduction by Needleman, missing in the 25-year edition , is stunning, particularly in his explanation of "virtue" as a verb, an act rather than an ideal. I'd trade the photos, however beautiful, for this introduction.