So I'll start by saying that I found the first few sections of the book to be pretty boring. They're primarily introduction content but assume that the reader knows absolutely nothing about the internet at all. At first I was thought "Well this book is going to be a total drag," but I realized that this book was different than what I was expecting. With a subtitle like "How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web," I was expecting an opinionated viewpoint on why Anonymity matters and how one example (4chan) proves that it can accomplish tremendous goals. Instead, this reads more like required reading for a college course entitled "4chan 101." Which isn't a bad thing, I just wasn't expecting it.
In terms of how the author manages to teach all the various learnings of the internet, I have to say he did a pretty good job. There's a few chapters dedicated to "memes" and how they've defined most people's internet experiences. The more interesting chapters focus on how 4chan or Anonymous have affected the world through a few small actions. Such as how PR and Marketing companies have started attempting to create memes or content that people who visit 4chan would talk about. It's fascinating.
My experience with the subject material is somewhat adequate. I've visited 4chan for a little over a year which I understand doesn't give me a lot of credibility but I'm familiar with various memes and slang used on 4chan that most people probably wouldn't understand. If you're someone like me than the first hundred pages or so of this book with be a little too brain dead simple for you care. I found the later sections of the book to be a little more interesting but I can also see how someone who's been visiting the site for four years and keeps up with everything Anonymous is doing, would find this book boring throughout.
Like I said before, this book seems like an introduction to an untapped field. As much as you guys may hate it (read the other reviews), there will be more books about 4chan. This one is more tooled for people who don't know what 4chan is rather than a member of the community who wants to read someone else's perspective on why the website is a good thing. There's no opinion and no argument made, just a listing on events that have occurred. Like a history book.
My only complaint is, for a book that has "Anonymous" in the name, it doesn't really focus on Anonymous all that much. There's a Chapter dedicated to the group but the book should've been called something like "How Memes Have Affected The World." Since there are three out of eight chapters dedicated to memes. The rest are about similar sites before 4chan and a few about the internet in general.
Overall: If you know nothing about 4chan, this book is great for you. If you have a little knowledge, this will fill in the gaps and if you know a lot, you probably don't need to read this.
To 4chan: I saw this book on /v/ and I thought "Well this is going to be retarded." It's not. I think Cole Stryker handles the subject material with respect to the community. He's not another dimwitted normal person despite what the unfortunate title may imply (Seriously man? EPIC WIN?). Please don't rate the book until you've read it. Thanks.