For me it is one of the best books on Industrial Music that I read.
Some chapters are probably a bit boring and more interesting to music scholars like the author (eg the ones about the race or gender issues in the genre), but overall I found "Assimilate" a very informative and pleasant book to read. It's a very sophisticated book, so be prepared to read it with attention and not superficially.
As a European, my concept of Industrial is a bit different from the one defined in the book (eg I wouldn't consider songs as "Kathy's song" by Apoptygma Berzerk as a notable example of this kind of music): but it's also true that, besides the artists at the origin of this style (TG, Cabaret Voltaire, Clock DVA, Z'ev, Einstürzende Neubauten,...), there aren't two Industrial fans that would include the same bands in this definition.
In this respect, the methodological choice of the author about which bands to include or not in the book is quite wise (to put it simply: to define as industrial what in the "scene" is considered as such).
To cut it short: a great book!...Continua