There was a lot there, but the very last sentence from your Amazon link mentions to visit the No Starch Press website for a list of the special parts used in the book.
There the website includes all three books from the author's
LEGO Technic series:
- The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Simple Machines. (Digital PDF of book here.)
- The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Wheeled Wonders.
- The LEGO Technic Idea Book: Fantastic Contraptions.
All with a few set recommendations directly from the author, where he suggests sets that have a wide range of parts in single set purchases.
For parts left over, he offers a reference list with colored pictures of each part, and purchasing links to Bricklink.com.