This book is beautifully produced and worth buying just for the quality of its black and white images. However, it is not a just book about black and white printing but about producing the very best quality work - in short the "masterpiece".
In the first part of the book George looks at the way the eye sees the world and the different way that it is captured by the camera. He examines the different factors in the construction of the image and the need to convey the photographer's perception of the scene through to the final image. He offers exercises in how to "see" the way that the camera sees and also other exercises he calls "Tonerobics" which are aimed at improving perceptual skills.
The main part of the book sets out a workflow in Lightroom giving full details of the processes and accompanied by clear pictures of the tools/panels employed. The image is then transferred to Photoshop for fine-tuning before being returned to Lightroom for printing. At each step the effects of the adjustments made are shown on an image.
There is a section recommending digital darkroom equipment, although for many the specifications will be a wish list rather than any realisable aim.
Throughout the book are "before and after" images by featured artists with details of adjustments they have made to them.
I am a big fan of Adobe Lightroom and make the bulk of my image adjustments there. I also gain the greatest satisfaction from making black and white images though not, unfortunately, anywhere near the quality of those displayed in the book! I am very pleased that I bought this book and find it both inspirational and motivating.