That I have grumbles is no surprise. Every academic is contractually obligated (really, you can look it up) to piss on another academic's new book, unless the writer is his good buddy, co-author, thesis supervisor, senior colleague (especially if the academic is untenured), upcoming paper discussant, or journal editor, in which case he sucks up.The grumbles are instructive.
THE NATURE OF PEER REVIEW. Bill at Atlantic Blog has read Freakonomics (which was Book Review No. 13 should you wish to compare notes) and offers some observations.