Fans of a genre usually fear that a guide will either be too simplistic for them, or too opinionated. Here we have a guide that exhibits neither flaw. The editors and their team of writers have done as nearly perfect a job of summarizing the hazily-defined world of folk music as could be hoped for. This book is intriguingly inclusive without reaching, and does a terrific job of putting the importance and particular merits of each artist in perspective. I have wandered through this absorbing overview for many hours, learned vastly, and still not exhausted it. The fascinating material has sent me on many a treasure hunt and I'm still finding new delights every week. If even Neal Walters can learn something from the material included here, as he indicates in the foreword material, it's got to have something to teach anyone.