This book is by Christopher O' Hara. It gives a short history of American beer. It then outlines what it picks as America's most timeless brands. It then further goes on to list what it considers the other great American beers. This is not about craft beers. This is about the "great" popular beers that began in the nineteenth century or early twentieth century. Most are actually around in some form yet today although their owners and who actually brews them may have changed hands many times over the years. A few have a more direct lineage.
If you have an interest or love for the classic American beers (lagers mostly) this is an interesting book. The illustrations of old bottles, cans and ads are intriguing. Each beer gets a one page short history. However, this book is like chips or candy. It is enticing, tasty, appealing, but in the end it will not fill you up or satisfy you. It is a great overview, but it really just leaves you wanting even more, meatier, information.
From the beers listed in the book here are the ones I have had and not had. I would like to get the "not had" list down only to those no longer made. If one of them is available in your area, let me know:
Had Not Had
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Ranier Falstaff (not made anymore?)
Hamm's Schmidt's (not made anymore)
Schaefer Billy Beer (not made anymore)
Blatz Lucky Lager (not made anymore)
Piels Weidemann (not made anymore)
Black Label Hofbrau (not made anymore)
Lowenbrau Ortlieb's (not made anymore)
Grain Belt Olde Frothingslosh (not made anymore)
Genesee Cream Ale
Point Special Lager
Buckeye (the revamped label, not the original that stopped brewing in 1971)