I've been editing with Premiere Pro on and off for a few years. I am, however, very much an amateur in the sense that I don't spend a lot of time editing. I use it just every once and a while for little projects, and the occasional (amateur) short documentary subject. That means I do forget things, and am not as efficient as I might be. I know what kinds of things can be done, but often need to look up exactly how online.
So I was excited to work through this book, in the hopes that it would help me build new skills. After reading it through, I can say I learned a few things, but most of it I already knew as a result of working through some introductory tutorials when I first got started and then reading tips on forums. Another thing worth knowing - that isn't entirely clear from the product page - is that this is really aimed at CS5.5 and CS6, as there is not even a mention here about Creative Cloud or any of the new features that come with its latest upgrades. That's okay with me, since I'm sticking with CS6 for now anyways, and most of the information will be the same, but those really wanting to get up to speed might do better to look online (or elsewhere) for tutorials and guides. I do that, too, but I like having a reference I can put my hands on, and this one's not bad. An better book, in my opinion, is Richard Harrington's An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro. I haven't seen his latest edition, but I bought and worked through the first edition when I was first learning Premiere Pro, having had some experience with Final Cut Express, and it was an excellent guide, that went a lot farther than this book does into not only telling you how to do things efficiently but into the editing process itself and why you would want to do things in various ways.
The aim of this guide is to get you familiar with and faster at using not only Premiere Pro, but some of the other applications in Adobe's video editing suite, such as Prelude, Story, and Audition. (There's nothing here about After Effects, of course, which would require its own book just to get started.) This is pitched as a tip book. It's not really an introduction. If you are just starting out with Premiere Pro, and need to learn about the basics of non-linear editing, this isn't the place to begin. This book presumes you know all that -- either because you are already using Premiere Pro, or because you've used something similar like Final Cut 7 and you're making the switch to Premiere. It doesn't teach you how to edit, either, only offers guidance as to some of the most efficient ways to accomplish the most important editing tasks using software in the Creative Suite - focused on the essential processes of managing resources, ingesting clips, arranging the editing space, editing video and sound quickly and efficiently, and adding titles and effects.
Although most of the advice is pretty standard and won't tell you much that's new if you've been working on Premiere Pro for a while, what I do really appreciate are the occasional insights from the author into best practices. The author is obviously an experienced editor and occasionally offers advice that is not platform specific, about how to name files, how to organize audio tracks, and such, and that advice is often extremely helpful. Even though I didn't learn a lot of new things about Premiere Pro itself, I'm glad I read through this for its insights into efficiency and organization. I tend just to fill up my Project Panel with files and then search through them to find what I'm looking for; even worse, I tend not to organize my original video as well as I could, and end up not knowing what I can and can't safely delete when I'm done with a project. I did learn a lot from the Audition chapter, since I have only tinkered around with that program and have never seriously tried to figure out anything beyond some of its most basic functionality and its auto heal function (which is amazing!).
To sum up: this is a handy guide for building competence that would be ideal for the moderately experienced Premiere Pro editor, or for the newbie who has some experience with similar editing programs. It also has some good general advice that is likely to help anyone but the most experienced editors. It isn't for total newcomers, though. It is also exclusively focused on CS5.5 and CS6, although most of what it covers will apply to earlier and later versions of Adobe editing programs. In my opinion, though, most users will be better off picking up a copy of Richard Harrington's An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro.