This book is frankly an embarrassment. Having bought it at the urging of the many glowing reviews on this page, I now am forced to deduce that they were left by the author's friends and family. This is not a worthy purchase by any means, let alone one fit for a Motown aficionado.
The book is riddled with poor grammar, syntax, and just plain bad writing. The fact that an "editor" is actually listed on the title page makes me cringe. Typos abound, as do incorrect spellings of artists' names ("James Jamison") and humorously misnamed songs. (Who knew that the Marvelettes released a song called "My Body Must Be a Magician," or that Stevie Wonder had a hit album titled "Talking Back"?) I came across pages with more than one font size present, randomly inserted mid-sentence line breaks, and asterisks that led nowhere. Oh, and tons of facts and dates are wrong, too.
Each "article" has an UPDATE section at the end for alleged developments since the book's original writing in 1982. Too bad half of the information is just stuff the author forgot to include the first time around and couldn't be bothered to edit in properly. It's the height of laziness and makes for an atrocious reading experience. Worse yet, whenever the author decided to include a citation, the citation was none other than an amorphous "Wikipedia"!
This is not to even touch on the quality of the photographs found in my print edition. It is perhaps the most amateurish black-and-white copy job ever done. Most photos are streaked and washed out beyond recognition, as though the printer was running out of ink and no one could be bothered to replace it. The only exceptions were the photos that were so dark and muddy that you could barely make out faces! This was a particular shame when it came to the couple of photos in the book that are genuinely rare -- they would be a real treat, so it's too bad that you can barely see them.
I wish that this had been a quality Motown book, as there are far too few of them on the market. It's not. It's an additional pity that the author apparently had access to countless now-deceased artists and squandered the opportunity by putting together this mess. Save your money; Wikipedia is free, and probably more accurate.