I agree with your comments of this very fine book. It is thououghly researched with a bibilography of 150 entries. But even better Rick has personally done extensive research on the advantage of using index funds versus using actively managed funds.
What I liked the most is all was the comparisons written in clear English for each and every point rather than using charts and tables. True he uses charts and tables but he also clearly describes what they are showing. For example index funds clearly are superior to actively actively managed mutual funds in all reespects: higher returns, lower risk, fewer taxable events and even lower expenses. But did you know that the more actively managed mutual funds you have in your portfolio the higher the odds are that you will underperform a portfolio of index funds. Did you know that a portfolio of actively managed mutual funds under performs a portfolio of index funds. Put another way did you know that as the number of actively managed funds increases in a portfolio the odds that your portfoilo will underperform a portfolio of index funds. Now the final fact is that the longer you hold a portfolio of actively managed funds the worse the odds become for the active fund portfolio, until eventually there's practically no chance of outperformance.