...more appropriately, this book should have been called "Ken Mogg Uses the Films of Alfred Hitchcock to Show Off His Erudition." Here's a very representative example from the section about "Vertigo":
Camille Paglia has a brilliant comment on "Faust", about what happens when Faust tries to materialize the spirit of his lost Helen, and it seems to apply to "Vertigo". Paglia notes that Faust retains a repressed feminine side. Accordingly, when he journeys to the supernatural realm of "the Mothers", they frustrate his attempts. In Paglia's words, "The male struggles through his sexual stages, returning to the mother even when he thinks himself most free of her." And "Vertigo's" nun, or mother-superior, is the Great Mother who has the final say yet again.
If THAT'S the kind of stuff you want to read "about" Hitchcock and his movies, you're in luck, because this book is full of it. If, on the other hand, you'd like to know why Janet Leigh had to spend a week soaking wet in order to get the famous "shower scene" in "Psycho, well, I'm afraid you're out of luck.
The book is beautifully designed with lots of pix, and there are interesting digressions dealing with things like Hitchcock's TV series, but otherwise, there is way too much socio-psychological analysis of the scripts/characters and not near enough about what Hitchcock was doing when he was making these films.