This is the most accurate and up to date book about the Beatles from youth to 1963 that you will ever need. At a whopping 900 plus pages it is thorough. Mark Lewisohns writing is clear and concise and full of humor. The book carries the reader right up to the cusp of their release of their "Please Please Me" single. For the casual Beatle fan and even the fan who thinks he knows it all this book is full of surprises and information. Blatant untruths that have been forwarded over 40 years or more by author upon author are exposed and explained properly. Mr Lewisohns research is amazing. He even read all the local papers for areas and towns the Beatles played in when they were not "famous" to glean information. Thats a LOT of reading alone. Add to that all the Government archives and registrars and other Beatle books.......wow!
The book is volume 1 of a planned 3 book series. Apparently this book took approximately 10 years to write, with plans for the next volumes at 4 year intervals. I am very much looking forward to the next books in the series.A very good interview with the author (over an hour long) is available from iTunes as a podcast by The Fab 4 Free 4 All guys. It is episode 73, and very much worth the listen.