As a prompt to choosing directions to research your history, this isn't a bad read, and it isn't just a rehash of the tv celebrities' families- there's plenty of examples of "ordinary families".
The sections are:
Starting Out- a general, how to get down to it.
Skeletons-illegitimacy, divorce, bigamy, crime
For Queen and Country- military
Shippping in Shipping out- immigration and emigration
Earning a Crust-some guide to professions
Moving Around- why people up sticks to move to a better area
Where it fails now, is that internet research has very much improved since the book was written (the government web addresses have moved around) - I've progressed leaps and bounds with my long neglected tree because of online census returns and links to other people's attempts (I chose "Ancestry" as the service that best suited me). My family is very plodding, don't SEEM to go off and fight much, and just bounce around the English Midlands back to 1837. So this books has proved less useful because I'm rather lacking in transported criminals and German refugees. I've just got some juicy skeletons which also connect back to a potential 12th century line!
As a look and feel book, it's a definite 5, but it only scratches the surface of potential research. Then again- you're not going to learn everything in your first go at family history, so it will at least make you consider, all possibilities. following on from re-reading this, I'm going to see what I can glean from probate records for my now much expanded tree. Wish me luck!