I found this book very informative about a subject that is not as straight-forward as the title Adobe Illustrator suggests.
It does not take you through every stage to complete artwork as a project from scratch:- but if you want to cross reference a method or technique you are employing to create a desired end result this book is great. For example; you can jump from say chapter*1, to chapter*28 depending on what panel/function/effect/etc you are unsure about.
This is a very user-orientated book that will help readers to understand the huge possibilities of Illustrator as you come across areas that do not behave the way that the panel/icon/effect/etc, title suggests.
I have one of these books for each new application that I buy. They're quick and easy to pick up, find an answer, put down and get on with it. I would highly recommend this and all other Visual QuickStart Guides for beginners and intermediate users who want to use the programs without spending hours with a manual.
I've been trying to get up to date with Illustrator for some time, so this book is supporting my difficult learning curve. Explanation of the mechanics for me is a great support. Having not worked with it commercially for over fifteen years I'm beginning to understand the great changes this programme provides.