Okay, this review will be a little... different. I have a LOT of criticisms against this book, and I will mention them first.
1. PRICE. I bet you're all complaining about this ridiculous price, and even after purchasing this book, I still cringe knowing how much I paid for it. Oh, sure, it's worth it (else I wouldn't have given it five stars), but it's just a book, for heaven's sake! I mean, the price is in the range of coffeetable collector-type hardcover books with great pictures. Perhaps the Pose people shouldn't self-publish -- maybe they should get a publisher so that this book will be more in the $14.95 range. Then again, going to a Pose clinic is tons more expensive, but still... it's a high price (and none of that usual "20% off from Amazon" type of discount, too!)
2. OVERLY VERBOSE. Some people say it's "chatty"... well, as chatty as an American can get with a Russian scientist (haha!, sorry, Dr. R!). Then again, Dr. Romanov IS a Russian SCIENTIST, and a running sports scientist at that. But this book is overly verbose. It's about 300 pages. If someone were to make a Cliff's Notes version, the handbook could be condensed to probably about 25 pages or so. But you didn't order a Cliff's Notes version. And yet, I think that a good condensation of this book (not a mere distillation of ideas), and if Dr. Romanov were American or a native English speaker/writer, I think this book could have been done in 200 pages or less. For instance, the first few chapters are trying to convince you that the Pose Method is THE best method of running. Hey, I already bought the book, so could we get on with the details?
But when I say overly verbose, if you think this review is already lengthy, try chatting it up with Dr. Romanov. Go to his website, and see his video segments there that expound on the little details -- and you'll see that even in his videos which are about 3 minutes, someone else could have probably done it in under 2 minutes. Is it because he's Russian and still translating in his head? Could be.
Overly verbose: there's just too much detail that sometimes it gets boring to read, that it detracts from the original idea. However, I'll take that anytime over lacking detail. It's just that it could have been more CONCISE, and still convey Dr. Romanov's ideas completely.
3. PICTURES. There are almost no PICTURES, but there are lots of ILLUSTRATIONS. This is a minor complaint, as the illustrations have a lot of detail and are anatomically correct, but, in this reviewer's opinion, more pictures could have been added (but I guess you could buy the companion DVD, but <gasp!> look at the price on that thing! ... that said, I'll probably order it anyway).
Okay, that was a lot of CONs. Now the PROs: Well, there's only one:
THIS BOOK TEACHES YOU HOW TO RUN CORRECTLY.
I am a firm believer in the Pose method. And guess what? What I spent buying this book, I save on SHOES!!! I now go for racing flats (normally half the price of those ultra-cushioning-structured-high tech shoes). It was a bit hard transitioning to the POSE method, and after my calves were in knots after just a few kilometers (heh! metric system, fellas, METRIC system! haha!), I thought "Man, this Pose method has to make my muscles re-learn how to run... OR, there must be something wrong with what I'm doing." True enough, it was the latter -- I was still pushing off (propulsive action) rather than just free-falling (confused about the terminology? get the book and you'll see what that's all about). I still have to master the Pose method, and running still gets my calves to ache (note to self: don't focus on the landing, focus on the pulling off the ground).
Do read the other reviews here. By and large, they have positive things to say about the Pose method, and this review has been overly verbose as it is (must be contagious). And yet, with this one PRO, it makes up for all the CONs, and this book gets the five stars it deserves.
Do note, my criticisms are not against the POSE method, but on the book (price, length, pics). Too bad there aren't any Pose clinics/seminars yet in my country!
So, here ends the review, and hope you found it useful. Despite the price, I urge everyone to get the book.