My first impression of this book was that the publishers had used thick paper for the pages in an effort to "pad" the book and make it seem more than it is. In many ways this impression was borne out as I read. The authors of Builder's and Contractor's Guide to New Methods and Materials in Home Construction open with an introductory survey to gauge whether you're up to date on tools, materials and changing markets. If you're a progressive builder who regularly reads NEB, you'll do well on the survey and probably don't need this book. Nearly half the book is devoted to a general overview of estimating, print reading, "new" tools and "the house of the