Don't get me wrong, I'm happy I bought this book. It is very well designed and the artwork is well selected. My main problem with it is that it is more of a review of WW's history as a comic book character rather than the history of her creation and publication over the last 70 odd years.
This isn't the type of book I (and probably most people) would read all the wy through from beginning to end. It is more of a coffee table book that you would pick up every now and then, look at the artwork, a few passages and then put down. However, even if I wanted to read it through I wouldn't be able to without having most of the key WW stories "spoilt". I admit that it would be impossible to write a WW history without discussing some of these things, but this book does it too much since the focus of the text is mainly on the character's fictional biography rather than the history of the character as a cultural icon. I think that the plots are better left for the DC comics themselves which will do a better job of telling her stories, don't you think?
A book like this, in my view, should tell about the history of the character in more depth. Instead we get a very brief overview of WW creator Charles Moulton's controversial views on women and feminism, his family's history, the backdrop against which WW was created, etc. We get almost no insight at all into his successor Robert Kanaigher's approach, other than, again, a short hand retelling of the stories he wrote. And there is a lot of history to tell. For example, WW's evolution with changing times, costume changes, her readership (I read somewhere that DC had assumed it to be female readers buying her comics for so many years but at some point found out that it was predominantly male) and the core reason behind her being one of the only three continuously published super-hero characters over the last 70 years (unlike Superman and Batman the reason is not solely popularity, but also because DC's contract with her creater would mean that they would lose the rights if they ceased publishing her adventures).
The book does have short sections devoted to select WW artists/writers, but again there isn't enough. First of all, the entries themselves are very short and are just straightforward biographies rather than detailing their association with WW. And secondly, there are very few entries, namely Harry Peter, George Perez, Andru and Esposito and Greg Rucka (whose inclusion seems to be based solely on the fact that he was the writter on WW at the time and not on him being of particular significance to WW's overall decades long history). There were so many others involved with WW over the last 70 years. For example, Dennis O'Neil, Dick Giordano, Gil Kane (I don't know if he drew her all that much, but he did do some amazing cover art as depicted in this volume) and Kanaigher, who wrote WW for decades. This would have been a perfect place, for example, to explore in depth Kanaigher's reported hatred for, or at least indeference towards, the character despite him having written her for so long! That to me would have been very interesting. This type of writing would probably have required more work on the part of the writer (interviews, etc) and so it seems that they have taken the easy way out by producing a book that is great to look at but not very strong in terms of substance.
Overall it is a nice book to have (hence the three stars) but if it had taken an approach closer to the DC Vault book (which is filled with quotes and interesting trivia) it could have been so much better!