This is the only `official authorised biography' of the Beatles and, as such, has some wonderful advantages over other studies.
All the key personalities get to have their say; friends and family as well as professional contacts. Mums and Dads, brothers and sisters, Aunt Mimi and, even, Freddie Lennon are all here.
Davies deals honestly with the Sutcliffe and Best matters and he makes no attempt to make excuses for our heroes as they behaved so badly toward two young men who were crucial to the band's early development. (There's a whole chapter devoted to `Decca And Pete Best').
The book moves chronologically from the earliest days up to 1968. By then the touring was over and the band were peaking as a truly innovative musical force in the studio.
My own (2009) edition has a 'postscript' which Davies penned in `85 and brought things up to date at that point.
For fans of the Beatles this book is pretty much indispensable. Depending what you want to know about the most influential music-group of all time, this book may well be all that you'll ever need. For fans who want to know more about the music that the Beatles created and how they did it, `Revolution In The Head' by Ian MacDonald would make an ideal companion read to this book by Davies.