The photographs are superb. Each page features one lighter, and has a few lines describing that lighter. Sometimes the text provides interesting and useful information; other times it simply repeats what you can see by looking at the picture. The book gives you the museum experience--well-displayed objects, each with a small card of info.
French lighters are heavily favored, but there are 40 or so pages of Zippos (40 or so lighters), two Ronsons, and no IMCOs at all.
There is no info on how the lighters work (or whether they work). If you are interested in how things work, you will find this book frustrating. I kept asking myself "how do you put the fluid in this thing?"
The writing seems odd at times. It is translated from the French, and the translations don't always work. Do nearly all the lighters in the book really work with "gasoline"? There are a few weapons-connected errors-- the copper driving bands on an artillery shell are not there to make it go faster, as the text states. And there are two mistakes on page 220, which shows "a butane lighter in the shape of a P38 revolver." The P.38 was not a revolver. It was a semi-auto. Also the lighter is not in the shape of a P.38. It looks more like a Mauser HSc.
I think there are two mistakes about Zippos: On page 362, we read that the Zippo Slim is the "slenderest of the Zippo models." Maybe it should have been translated as "slenderer" of the models? On p. 368: "Here is a Slim model ..." but it is not.
Finally, there was just way too much information about the French Tax Act of 28 December 1910. Way more than I wanted to know.