Dark Destiny shows off some of the good stuff from White Wolf's early years. Not all of it is great, not all of it is accurate, and not all of it is even related to the WOD as it stands now . . . but I will admit that it is fun. The art by John Cobb is nothing short of phenomenal, as usual, and the opening essays by Edward E. Kramer and John Mason Skipp are brilliant, not only for being highly literate and interesting, but also for the light they shed on the World of Darkness and it's origins.
Oh, and Harlan Ellison is still a sick, sick man with a wonderful ability to write very, very scary things. So what if he's obviously never thrown down at a gaming table. Some of the other stuff, especially "But I feel the Bright Eyes...", the Poe story by Bill Crider, are really, really good - and Robert Bloch's "The Scent of Vinegar" won the 1994 Bram Stoker award for a very good reason.
If you dig looking at a book that was written in V:TM's infancy just to see how really great authors understood Mark Rein-Hagen's vision back in the day, go ahead and knock yourself out: buy the book. You won't be disappointed.