It all depends on the person. I find that books are only harder to learn from because you can't SEE what it should look like in action.
Definitely buy CC 1 and 2. And TAKE YOUR TIME. I have been in volume one for three years, simply mastering every technique, and re-mastering the ones I learned to do the wrong way.
Of course, that isn't to say you can't just find the ACR routine, learn the necessary sleights, and read the rest afterward.
Also know that much of volume 2 is theory. So it won't be as jam-packed with sleights as volume 1, but it's just as valuable.
I just checked CC 2, and sure enough, it has the very move you want to learn, with the routine starting on page 337. In addition to that, he goes into the details of the construction of the ACR later in the book. That's good stuff to learn.
It's very important to remember not to get discouraged when a sleight has you at the end of your rope. Just keep practicing. I have been trying to perfect my multiple push-offs for months, and they are STILL frustrating. But I know it will pay off in the end.