Michael Zager's book is perfect for anyone who wants to become a record producer. He breaks the creative process down and thoroughly examines every step required to make a great record, including understanding your artist, songwriting, arranging, producing vocals, mixing, and mastering. But he also does a great job throughout covering the indisputable reality that making records is a business, and to be a successful producer you must learn to balance the art of music with the ever present bottom line. Very educational. I highly recommend it.