The unfortunate part about books such as these is that they are out of date before you read them, and as years go by, they lose much of their contemporary relevance. The book devotes entire chapters to economic sanctions in place against Yugoslavia, and the Yugoslavian sanctions are long over, while Libya (though sanctions against it lasted for a very long time) only recently emerged from the shadow of the sanctions placed against it. I would like to know, for example, what one can derive from the end of these sanctions (which were still in place when the book was written.) One would hope that a newer edition would address these matters. This book was not intended as a primer for interested spectators, though, it was intended as a study for more instructive purposes (to make recommendations to those in a position to employ sanctions).
The book excels in illustrating the unpredictable and often volatile and even disastrous nature of imposing sanctions. So often, sanctions are used without any understanding of what they will do. Sanctions are an understudied, overused tool whose effects on intended targets/populations are not fully understood or appreciated. Sanctions will, of course, have different effects in different places, and employing them as a fix-all, blanket cure (choosing to do SOMETHING, rather than doing nothing or engaging in some kind of combat) will often lead to unfortunate, if unintended, side effects. Too often, sanctions have been employed as a "quick answer" to make it seem as though the US is doing something other than making idle threats, even if it is not actively engaged. Unfortunately this policy of hands-off engagement has done more harm than good because no time has been invested in investigating the outcome of the sanctions on a country-by-country basis.