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Direct Hits Us History in a Flash: For the AP and SAT II [Paperback]

Larry Krieger , Ted Griffith


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February 2011 1936551047 978-1936551040 annotated edition
US History in a Flash is the definitive prep book for both the AP US History exam and the SAT II US History subject test. The book is based upon a bold new approach. Instead of trying to be a mini-textbook that covers everything, US History in a Flash uses the Direct Hits’ selective approach of only focusing on topics that have generated clusters of questions. Here are some of the book’s unique features:
  • 40 chronological chapters that focus on 196 key topics. Each topic is covered in a vivid narrative outline.
  • Over 100 study tips that tell students what to ignore and what to emphasize.
  • Correlations to the treasure trove of information found at the College Board’s AP Central website.
  • Detailed chapters on the DBQ and Free-Response essays that include annotated sample essays and thesis paragraphs.
  • A triple tier study plan that includes long-term, mid-term and short term materials. The short-term materials include ten Top Ten lists of key points students absolutely, positively have to know.
  • Additional coverage of post-World War II topics that are often skimmed over or even skipped in classes that fall behind schedule.
  • SAT vocabulary words taken from the renowned Direct Hits vocabulary books are integrated and defined in the narrative.
About the Author: Larry Krieger is the leading authority on US History, World History, Art History, and the SAT, having written over 20 books on the subjects. In a teaching career that has spanned over 40 years, Krieger has taught urban, rural, and suburban students. In 2004 and 2005, the College Board recognized Larry as one of America’s most successful AP teachers. Krieger is particularly proud of US History in a Flash. It contains a lifetime of key points, strategies, and tips for both the AP US History exam and the SAT II US History subject test.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Direct Hits Publishing; annotated edition edition (February 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936551047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936551040
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 22.5 x 15 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #980,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review Material April 23 2011
By Grace - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a current student in AP United States History and a owner of two other review books, I strongly recommend this one because of its focus on the exams themselves and not United States History as a whole. The concise, easy to read summaries go into detail only when necessary, and explains the why behind important dates and events, something that I think would be very useful in both the multiple choice and free response sections. The information on the actual exam itself is also enlightening and reassuring, as well as the focus on using materials that are freely available on collegeboard.com.

The only thing that this book lacks is a practice exam that is included with the book, but judging by the quality of other practice exams on other review books it is not a great loss. This book's unique feature of incorporating SAT vocabulary is interesting and helpful, but putting the definition next to the word could break up the flow of the reading for some readers.

Although AP/SATII US History In a Flash is not an entirely unprecedented approach to a review book (REA's AP US History Crash Course being similarly exam-focused and not general-content-focused) it provides more detail and more generally useful information about the exam itself, as well as information about the SATIIs which many AP US History students are likely to take.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AP US History Exam Must Have! April 5 2011
By Book Him Danno - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I never took the AP US History exam, but my Senior son did and he scored a 3. He said it was one of the most difficult tests he had ever taken. He studied AP US History 1 his Freshman year and then AP US History 2 his Sophomore year, and even with all that time on tests, papers, class attendance and reading the text he still only got a 3.

This book takes the tests from the past and evaluates them and then decides on the topics that generate the most questions. The chapters are broken up into the time periods and the info that is most relevant to the test questions in that time period. The beginning of the book explains the process and how many questions you need to get correct to score a 5(61.6% correct) also another chapter is filled with information on the DBQ and Free response questions. This book points out things to read on the AP web page and were to find more assistance. It also stresses that useless memorization will not be much help. The last bit of the book give a list of the top ten people, cases, etc that will most likely generate questions on the test. A study guide is included on how far ahead to prepare and what to know for sure before the exam.

I wish I had had this book for my Senior son, but now I do and I will be having my Freshman son read this book while he is getting ready for his AP exam next spring. The more help the better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 out of 10 stars! July 20 2011
By Karielle @ Books à la Mode - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
AP/SAT II US History in a Flash by Larry Krieger
Release Date: February 7th, 2011
Publisher: Direct Hits
Page Count: 348
Source: Received from Member Giveaways at LibraryThing for review

US History in a Flash is the definitive prep book for both the AP US History exam and the SAT II US History subject test. The book is based upon a bold new approach.

Instead of trying to be a mini-textbook that covers everything, US History in a Flash uses the Direct Hits's selective approach of only focusing on topics that have generated clusters of questions.

What Stephanie Thinks: As someone who takes standardized tests for school, an AP "crash course" is helpful. I obviously am not preparing for SAT subject tests, but I am taking an American History course right now which goes well with this book. We don't have a standardized test for it, but we do have in-class tests that need the material found in a review like this.

More recently, I had to write a history synthesis paper, and a book that had a little bit of all sorts of information was fantastic for it because I didn't have to lug my entire textbook around.

What's great, is that each of the topics are organized into chapters throughout the book. From there, subtopics are branched off, thoroughly explaining all the possible details, in a format that's convenient to search through.

My only disappointment is that it does not coordinate with the course textbook. Most history textbooks (and I know, from high school social studies classes, as well) aren't ordered chronologically because in history, that sometimes mixes things up. AP/SAT II US History in a Flash is set up that way, so it makes it harder to read and use when attempting to study.

In the long run, this guide is a concise, ever-so-facile book to review an entire double-semester course from, and I recommend it for anyone studying for finals or writing up final essays.

Radical Rating: 8 hearts-Would recommend to lots of really good friends.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Review Book! May 30 2011
By Kali - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First off, this is the first review I have ever written for a product on Amazon, with good reason.

I ordered this book two weeks prior to taking the AP and SAT II in U.S History and was more than pleased with the results. The book says that by completing its review you will be able to score a 4-5 on the AP test or 700+ on the SAT II. I have only received my score from the SAT II and I scored a 700. I am still waiting for my AP score, but I am confident that I did well on that too.

I can offer nothing more than a positive review and recommendation for this book. It saved me from scoring far lower than I had expected to, considering my AP US History class was just barely average. The book provides a quality review of US History by focusing only on topics that likely to appear on the test, in a flash of course. This method is great because it avoids cluttering your mind with information that is unlikely to appear and cause you to forget the important information you need to know.

The only negative aspect of this book is that it doesn't have any practice test. However, this is absolutely not a reason not to buy this book.

UPDATE: 5 on the AP test.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of US History in a Flash April 19 2011
By editfish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is very concentrated and is geared specifically for those AP students preparing for the SAT exams. Although it could technically be used as a pseudo-"cliff notes", it's best utilized as a comprehensive review of previously-learned material.

The material is concise, well organized, laid out in chronological order. Although my own history classes are, ahem, some years in the past, this book brought them all back to me, clearly, as well as filled in some of the gaps overlooked by older textbooks (or my less than perfect memory).

The only minor distraction was the occasional parenthetical (explanation) of certain vocabulary words. My gut tells me that AP Students would either possess an expanded vocabulary or be inclined to crack the dictionary if they couldn't guess the contextual meaning of the word in question. But that's just my curmudgeonly self speaking.

A very intense read, but easily done, and I really enjoyed the refresher course.
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