I'd like to study for the EAS Master Beekeeper written exam. Probably won't take it this year, but maybe next year. Anyway, they have a list of "suggested" reading on their site:


I've gone through about 3 or 4 of those books, just on chance of learning more. Some are very difficult (or expensive) to find, so I likely won't read them all (and won't limit my reading to just this list). But I did want a book on predators and diseases (especially about mites, can't help to learn more). The only two on the list, other than Hive and the Honey Bee and ABC XYZ, was Mites of the Honey Bee (published in 2001) and Honey Bee Pests, Predators, and Diseases (published in 1998). With recent developments in mites, miticides, mite related viruses, and "CCD", how helpful would those current Masters find these two books? One more helpful than the other on the topic of better understanding diseases? One more helpful than the other on the topic of studying for the exam?

I can get either of them for about $40 a piece. It would be worth while to have a good $40 book on the topic. It would be a waste to spend $40 on one, find it's dated, spend $40 on the other, find it's dated as well, and have to move on to a third book.

Any suggestions?