From the back of the book:
If you have been intrigued by the Dragonlance setting, but have felt intimidated by the sheer amount of information it comprises, this is the book for you.
This book will not baffle you with "game jargon." It presents the world of Krynn in a manner you are sure to find entertaining and informative. Through a combination of original fiction and long-established fact, you will discover the continent of Ansalon -- home to the Heroes of the Lance. You will find information about the races of the world, its major cities and regions, its deities, and its monsters. You will read the River of Time, the chronological history of Krynn. Open this book, and open the world!