This book's a bit like Scott Myer's Effective C++ on some kind of drugs. It's another one of those books that shine lights into the more unpleasant corners of C++. Whereas Myer's books don't tend to get too obscure, this book is a mixture of obvious points and insights into the really grim details. It's kind of depressing how you can think you pretty much get C++, and then more and more stuff keeps turning up. If you liked Effective C++, this'll be your kind of thing.