'SOME GREAT INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, BUT NOT SO GOOD AS A WHOLE'
Strengths: A wide mixture of opinions, styles and subjects. Most training books have a "coach knows best" tone, whereas this one has lots of different contributors, so is easy to dip into.
Weaknesses: Odd structure, as it's really a collection of different articles - jumps from fitness concepts to Oprah Winfrey in a bewildering manner. Main weakness, however, is a very strong bias towards the marathon distance, with few useful tips for shorter races. There is an irritating underlying assumption that all runners run marathons, and that shorter races, if they exist, are just warm-ups.
Overall: Am I allowed to be rude about this one on the RW Forum?!
Some good articles, but the whole thing is a bit of a mish mash, and not very well structured.
'IF YOU JUST RUN MARATHONS, THIS IS THE ONE TO GET'
Strengths: Concise and to the point - you can read the whole thing fairly quickly Clearly explained and well written Good examples of leading runners and how they train Comprehensive schedules which cater for a wide range of runners, including multiple marathons (and not just "advanced" either)
Weaknesses: As the title suggests, covers just the marathon distance, and is perhaps of limited use to the complete beginner.
Overall: Nice, short, useful In particular, if you want schedules, this is the place to get them.
'A MUST-READ IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TRAINING ACTUALLY WORKS'
Strengths: If you want to know what actually happens to your body when you train, you need to read this. Hugely detailed and persuasively argued. Challenges many of the basic beliefs/myths on which our training schedules are based.
Also has a brilliant section on running greats from past and present, how they trained, and what we can learn from them. Worth buying just for that bit.
Weaknesses: Enormous weight.
Overall: If you're interested in the science, you have to read this. If you just want a schedule and some training tips, go elsewhere.