The book contains a lot of information about how Hollywood films became the way it is today. Very informative. Very fun to read. Tells you what elements makes American films "Hollywood".
Although the some movies he uses for example are very old (Casablanca, Double Indemnity, Birth of a nation, King Kong, Psycho, etc) and sometimes its really hard to get on DVD, nevertheless they are all important & significant films that all film buffs should watch.
Stanley was my professor when I was in college. He used to be a judge for Emmy Awards. He's been teaching films/media for over 30 years. By reading this book you can really tell that he really love movies!
This book is recommended for beginner to novice film students. Or just normal people can enjoy as well. Many diagrams and pictures.
It is also a great book if you are making a movie.