The book is somewhat different than anything I have seen before. It's a photographic diary of the making of "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol", from Sept 2, 2010 through March 17, 2011. In general, each day of the shooting schedule is chronicled with one still photograph (and a short text description of the day's work) - although there are some days that are not covered, as well as several days that have 2-3 photographs.
The book opens with a foreword by Tom Cruise and an introduction by the author/photographer. Other than that, there is very little to read in the book - it's all about the images.
Also, it's worth mentioning that the book is approx. 9.5 x 7.5 inches in area, which makes it a bit smaller than most other movie art/making-of books.
Things I liked about the book:
- A photographer spent nearly every day of the production on set/locations with the sole job of taking photos - and his images are often quite stunning.
- The book begins a few weeks before the first day of shooting - this pre-production period shows costume and camera tests, stunt training, etc.
- The several weeks spent in Dubai are the most interesting, given that it's the film's major stunt sequence on the Burj Khalifa - naturally, these are the most interesting photographs.
- Looking at the shooting schedule in chronological order as its presented in the book, it becomes apparent that the movie's scenes were not shot in order (very few movies are). It must be quite a challenge for the director and actors to keep continuity of the story/performances.