The exacting coverage of this book would probably limit its appeal for general readers, but not for students. The material is very well organized, the chapters subdivided to ease comprehension. However, the book ends with a startling abruptness without any summarizing assessments of the theories discussed. The literary quotations introducing each chapter are ineffectual, but the abundant excerpts and footnotes make this a selective source book. The writing is formal but with enough fresh expressions to make the book quite readable. The one dry aspect is the author's sense of humor -- welcome as rain.