Several people who bought this book have a plethora of other Beatle books detailing how John met Paul, how George joined the band and Ringo replaced Pete Best, but not to the detail of this new classic. Lewisohn shows that he clearly did his research including interviews with those people who dealt with John, Paul, George and Ringo on a daily basis. He uncovers several details that were unknown to me such as the story of Japage 3, accurate stories of the Nerk Twins and the history of George Martin and Brian Epstein before they met the future Fab Four. I felt that I had an above average knowledge of the Beatles early years, but Lewisohn both introduced me to some new information and clarified points that were incomplete or not accurate in other Beatles biographies. I especially enjoyed the detailed explanation of how Parlophone and EMI signed the group to a contract in 1962 not because of their musical talent, but to make a profit from the songs of Lennnon & McCartney.
Other Beatle books have provided a somewhat romanticized and dream-like view of how the Bealtes conquered first Britain, then the world after they signed with Parlophone in 1962.
In this book, Lewisohn paints a more accurate picture of an initial group of three boys with a love of Rock'n Roll and R'nB, who through perseverance, luck, good timing and some solid talent became the biggest band of the 60s and are known by millions world-wide.