Cisco as most people buying these books know, they have overhauled the CCNP reducing the amount of exams needed to pass and become a CCNP, however this has not made the exam or the value of the CCNP less in truth be told , yes it's less exams but more content based. the CCNP now is designed to be the pre-cursor of the CCIE preparing you for a lot of higher level concepts, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. This foundation guide and if you will pardon the expression does what it says on the box. covers all aspects needed in preparing to pass 642-813 on route to CCNP & CCDP. I've been asked as a mature student where does the CCNP level in with academic understanding in the UK Switch is given in degree courses as Third Year B.SC or B.Eng. so you have to have a lot of understanding. as for the ROW i expect it would be similar.
The book is well written, easy to follow with many tips, hits and guides to getting the most from the book, couple this with either Virtual Labs or your own home lab you'll be well on your way to passing.