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Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain Paperback – September 30, 2008
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All in all, it's a book that everybody which deals in mountain sports , or professionaly work in avalanche exposed terrains should read this book.
In the review title, I state that the book makes a complex topic intelligible. You have to understand that this isn't simple material. Any book on avalanches should be read with the attention that you'd give any textbook. It's your life, after all, and even the experts are learning on a day to day basis. To think you could flip through a couple of hundred pages and know it all is unrealistic at best, and delusional at worst.
Having said that, Bruce does a great job at making the learning "stick". I already had the first edition and purchased this second edition to get current on updates. Snow science is evolving.
There's no substitute for hands on training (e.g. Level-1 course given by a certified AIARE provider - http://aiare.info/), but a book like this is an excellent companion ... to be read both before AND after your course.