Rating: 4 / 5
Light/UL/SUL books sometimes offer instruction for fast and light travel in optimal conditions. This book is not for lightweight, but gives more universal aspects of backpacking.
The text covers the less-fun necessities at some depth while the illustrations help avoid confusion. Detailed sections on trip planning, river crossing, orienteering, reading the weather, and hiking in groups are particularly useful.
The technical skills support a particular theme of "style." This style refers to ethics for treatment of the outdoors and people. It strikes a balance of reliance on self and others.
This is a bit deep for first-time backpackers, but perhaps immediately accessible upon return.