This is not a book about how to make Hollywood-style portraits! In fact, the styles used by the master portrait artists of Hollywood's classical period are barely discussed. If you want to learn about classic Hollywood portraits and how to take them, get "Hollywood Portraits, Classic Shots and How to Take Them" by Roger Hicks and Christopher Nisperos.
This is a book about the hot-light techniques used by portrait artist Lou Szoke. But the use of hot lights does not make a Hollywood portrait. The title aside, the book has some wonderful portraits made by a highly talented artist, but that is about as far as it goes. The text accompanying each photo is generally uninformative. And though his portraits are inviting, I find the author a little alienating. Overall, he comes across as not trying to help or inform us as much as "fix" us.
For each photo, some critical information is missing, such as what light modifiers were used. And there is no exposure information. In most of the diagrams the fill and key lights appear close together, which makes no sense.
If you've read other books published by Amherst Media you know that they are generally shallow in depth, lacking in scope and prone to errors. If you use hot lights for portraiture, this book is worth buying for the photos, just don't expect much else. But if you are interested in Hollywood portraits, get the Roger Hicks book.