This book is apparently written as a college text for reading instructors. It spends A LOT of time trying to convince the teacher trainee that phonics is really no better, or at least not much better than sight reading or whole language and promotes a why-can't-we-all-just-get-along political correctness. The author seems to feel that this indoctrination is more important than acutally teaching the reader how to blend sounds, and how to sit down with a child and teach them how to read in a serious manner. There are pages upon pages of time-wasting classroom games. Then, there are word lists which are centered around the sound the spelling makes ("zebra" and "was" might be on the same list because the s in was makes a Z sound), rather than being centered around a group of words which are all spelled the same way and make the same sound (neigh, sleigh, weigh, etc).
If you want a great book on the subject, get the 1955 classic "Why Johnny Can't Read and What You Can Do About It" by Rudolph Flesch. Then, get the Hay-Wingo book "Reading with Phonics."