As has been stated, the book is the same as "Beads", with a different title. I got "Beads" from the library, and upon checking the pages in the Amazon ad, it seemed that way to me. Loving "Beads", I just purchased this one.
This book is a history of beading, a description of the role of beads in various world cultures, and 30 projects. The projects range from simple stringing to challenging weaving. The projects and finished work shown throughout the book are examples of serious, beautiful, elegant work, unlike much of the overdone, cutesy, amateurish stuff we so often have visited upon us.
The authors emphasize that the projects can be made from materials on-hand, instead of having to buy specific items. This is a welcome relief from the bead stores, whose projects often seem to exist for the purpose of having you buy as much as possible. You can get many ideas for your own work from the photograpy, even if there are no specific directions provided.
Detailed descriptions of various bead and gem types are included. These are very useful as a guide when buying beads.
Had I been led to buy this book already owning "Beads", I'd be quite annoyed and would have returned it. As is, I can give it five stars. It's actually the best beading book I have.