Following the general pattern of its predecessor Tesuji, this book organizes over two hundred life-and-death problems and examples into thirty-six short chapters. Noteworthy features include:
-The "status" approach, which takes the reader through the same analysis that he should perform in actual play.
-The grouping of the problems around common tesujis - throw-in, placement, etc. - and standard shapes - the one-, two, and three-space notchers on the sides, the corner L groups, etc.
-A logical, step-by-step development, which makes Life and Death first an excellent text to learn from, then an invaluable reference work to come back to.