I felt like I needed just one more travel guidebook before going to New Orleans in a week, and I chose this one. Fodor's is one of the oldest names in travel guides and, as a result, tends toward the more traditional side of things. I did like that there were some good sidebars on cultural matters, like LGBT travel, and other issues -- whether or not they pertained to me.
This is the kind of book that will give you the tourist highlights of a city, along with a smattering of "where the locals go" information. I would recommend including it as part of a reading list before traveling, but not necessarily your only material.