Note that this review is for the latest 2012 edition, while any review written earlier than this year is for an earlier edition, although it's not clear how much has changed. But, there is definitely one feature which was overlooked (if it existed) by at least one earlier reviewer.
I purchased this because I am interested in learning French well enough to gain valuable points towards being "selected" by the Quebec government for immigration from the US. I also travel to Paris every few years. Background - I took one semester of high school French 20 years ago, before switching to a different language. In the mid-2000s, I attended a two-year graduate program at an English language university in Montreal, where I was immersed in an everyday French environment (signs, most shop-keepers, etc.) although my studies were in English and for the most part everyone I encountered could speak some English. During the two years I lived in Montreal, I made three separate trips to Paris, and noted that I felt very comfortable there (in contrast to the "out of my element" feeling I felt on earlier Paris trips.) Still, my speaking and oral comprehension of French was and is very limited - including basic niceties, ordering in a restaurant in fractured French, etc.. Nevertheless, because of these experiences I do have some familiarity with French. Yet, while I can make out the general meaning of something basic I read, I could not compose many grammatically correct sentences in French, even if I knew the basic vocabulary.
Some earlier reviewers have mentioned that this grammar book is not really suitable for the complete and utter beginner, and I agree. The introduction to the book even says that it is designed as a review and study tool for the advanced beginner or intermediate student of French. At the start, it does assume that you know a bit about languages - verb tense and conjugation, etc.. The exercises also use vocabulary which will be unfamiliar to the beginner (although there is a dictionary of sorts in the back.) And, the directions to each exercise are written in French. This is not appropriate for most people who have had no exposure at all to the language. I worried that I was not as "advanced" a beginner as was necessary, but so far I have not had problems with the exercises. If I look ahead to the next exercise, I might not understand what it is asking me to do, but if I first read the grammar lesson leading up to the exercise (as, of course, is required, and this is in English) then I usually can figure out what I am supposed to do. If all else fails, there are a lot of online translation sites.
I am using this in conjunction with a more expanded vocabulary book, and the Rosetta Stone software, with the hope of getting advanced enough to slide into an intermediate or advanced intermediate in-person class, prior to taking a French qualifying test for immigration.
At least one reviewer mentioned that users might like to be able to hear the words used in the book. NOTE - there is a FREE AUDIO option (which may be new to this edition, I'm not sure.) It might be easy to overlook, but both the back of the book and the last page of the book direct users to a free McGraw-Hill language website (which, by the way, is accessible to anyone and does not require a product code for use.) After working your way through an exercise in the book, you can check the answer key in the back, but you can also hear the answers spoken on this website. It's a great way to add another dimension to your learning, and reinforce the material.
Overall, a great buy for me, and appropriate for a beginner with some French exposure, when supplemented with other materials. If you are a complete and utter beginner, a basic beginner textbook would be more appropriate.