Oversized, attractive coffee-table books about the Beatles used to be pretty common, and 'It Was 50 Years Ago Today' falls nicely into that tradition. Many of the photos are reproduced as big as the large pages will allow and the text is mostly accurate if somewhat superficial. The book avoids the usual cheats of including non-Beatle photos as a way of 'setting the scene' or simply rehashing newspaper articles by reprinting entire first pages. The paper stock is great, the graphics layout is first rate, and this is a book that you'll want to leaf through many times if you are Beatles fan.
As is currently the trend with collectible books about rock bands, a host of facsimile memorabilia is also included such as concert ticket stubs, promotional postcards, autographs, set lists, etc. Some of this is convincingly done, and some of it is rather blurry or not reproduced at full size. Almost all of this is from the earlier days of Beatlemania. If you're someone who's into creating paper props for community theater or role-playing games, you'll probably find some inspiration here. (I did find that similar facsimiles were done better in 'Treasures of the Rolling Stones' however). Be warned, though, that some of the facsimiles are really just large photos that are not copies of any publicity material used in the 1960s. These seem to be an almost identical set of facsimiles that appeared in an earlier, thinner book by the same author.
The book also comes with a DVD and five large square black-and-white prints. The DVD is under 10 minutes long and consists solely of news clips of the Beatles which vary wildly in audio quality. There's no Beatles music. I honestly wonder why the publishers bothered. If you're not forewarned about the DVD's brevity you will feel mightily ripped off. There's also really nothing special about the five prints, although the one with Jimmy Nichols is a pretty rare shot and will be of considerable interest to you if you remember the very brief period when Nichols subbed as drummer so that Ringo's hospital stay would not interfere with the Beatles honoring all their tour dates in 1964.
I don't think casual fans would want this book, and it isn't the first title that would come to mind if you wanted to do research on the Fab Four. However, this book is a wonderful gift for its intended audience - uncured, unrepentant Beatlemaniacs. For that reason, I recommend this book. It's great for what it is.