on 2 July 1999
I originally bought the book because I was somewhat disapponted with the game documentation. I was in for a surprise. The book is much more than a thick tutorial.
I found it to be easy to read or to look up specific information "on the fly" while playing the game.
The listing of the races and units in the game is extremely useful. If you are one of those who hate "cheat codes", they are easily ignored. The stategies and hints will NOT solve the game for you, but will offer some new ideas to try in your conquest of the galaxy.
I feel this is a "must have" for any "Birth of the Federation" player.