I (intended) to use this book as a resource for an academic assignment but was hugely disappointed:
It is poorly written and has a ton of grammatical errors and misprints which make followings its argument very difficult at times (some sentences make no sense at all). The analysis is shallow and muddled at best, it simply does not develop in a coherent and logical way making it difficult to track. Despite stating it will examine development from an economic perspective its coverage is almost exclusively of political factors and consequences of development. At the very best it gives an overview of the issues, but to follow this overview a decent chunk of prior knowledge is needed, and if you have it, you will be distinctly unimpressed. Much better alternatives are available - look for any introductory texts on post-conflict development.
With regard to the fellow reviewer who moans that this is anti-American I would advise you disregard: it isn't. In fact it gives far more praise to US-development practices than most of the literature does and simply states many of the concerns about the consequences of some Western (not even specifically US) development policies. Its great to have pride in your country but that doesn't mean you shouldn't accept criticism. Unfortunately, I am not so sure the authors can have much pride in this piece of work and, like it or not, will have to learn to accept a great deal of criticism.
This is probably one of, if not the most helpful book for use in studies for Peace and Conflict.I use this book as my pocket guide for my masters degree. The book covers such a wide range concepts but precise and to the point manner which really helps understanding complex concepts. Really great use of case studies as well. Would highly recommend!