This is the best book for anyone wanting to start paragliding. Ian Currer has improved it with each edition and the latest is bang up to date and packed with useful info, great pictures and illustrations. I know Ian, so this might be a bit biased, but the BHPA magazine Skywings said "It is possible to learn Paragliding without Touching Cloudbase, but is hard to imagine whay anyone would want to try". This book is also used as a course text book by paragliding schools in many countries and has useful revision info for all the UK pilot rating system exams. (Much of which Ian also wrote I think).