When I first read the reviews about this one of Rick Steve's guidebooks, I was very wary. But they are wrong. This books is as good as his other books. We love Rick Steve's guidebooks, I don't know what I would do without them when first planning a trip, wouldn't know where to start. We are seasoned overseas travellers and go to Europe almost every year but still find his books very good - especially when visiting a country for the first time.
They give you a good oversight and don't overwhelm with places to see and lots of information. Living in America we usually don't have more than 10 or 14 days to spend on a vacation in Europe and Rick's books help you to choose where to go and to make the best out of your limited time.
We always use a second guide book (Rough guides for England and Scotland) for more detailed background information on the places that Rick mentions and the many places that he doesn't mention.
His judgement and recommendation of B&B's and little hotels to stay at are very reliable. Through his listings and follow up internet research we find most of our accomodations.
I highly recommend his books to anyone travelling to a European country, especially if you can only go for a limited time and have never been to that particular country before. If only he also wrote guidebooks on destinations outside of Europe ...!