Pilots or potential owners will really get a sense of the subtle or not-so-subtle differences; this is like going flying with the author and having the advantage of his eye for detail and sense of observation.
Cook gives a unique perspective on ergonomics, control feel and other features that work or don't work for the pilot and/or passengers it becomes obvious that he has spent many hours in different makes of aircraft. As a potential buyer, you're most interested in performance and economic trade-offs, and Cook excels in such details. His balanced discussion stacks the technical detail (speeds, loads, etc.) against economic factors. You're not swamped with numbers, but you come out with a good sense of what you need and want to know about flying these light retractable-gear airplanes.
Beautiful photographs (some in colour) accompany each airplane discussion, covering these aircraft: Mooney M20C, M20J 201/MSE, Beech Bonanza 35, Beech Sierra, Cessna Cardinal RG, Cessna Cutlass RG, Lake Buccaneer, Piper Comanche 180, Piper Arrow, and Rockwell Commander 112TC. Soft cover, 160 pages.