I gave this book three stars because it is basically a rehash of articles that have appeared in Fine Homebuilding in the past. No wait, it's not a rehash, it's exact copies of articles that have appeared in Fine Homebuilding in the past. Maybe they said that in the description and I just missed it, but as a religious reader of FHB, I felt a little cheated. If you don't read FHB on a regular basis, bump the review up to 4 1/2 stars.
The articles are well written, but if you're looking for a step by step primer on how to start with a bare exterior wall and put up siding, this is not the book for you. What it does do is give you several different contractors thoughts and ideas on how to put up siding.
Some of the information is transferable from one siding type to another, some is not and only applies to the siding being discussed in the article.
In the future, I will only buy Taunton books, specifically the By Pros for Pros series, that are written by a specific author, not one that lists editors.