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  • Hardcover: 1360 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Jan. 18 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471756148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471756149
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.8 x 5.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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David Klein breaks down organic chemistry in a way that is easy to learn and understand. It's almost too simple in some cases. Klein is known for being an excellent lecturer and professor, however he is NOT known for being an excellent chemist. This being said, many reactions shown in the book are incorrect from a synthetic point of view. A few of the reactions and mechanisms would not actually work in a real laboratory setting. There are also many points in the book where Klein contradicts himself (mainly Chapter 19, Aromatic Reactions) by saying you cannot do a certain type of reaction when the aromatic ring is deactivated. The questions right after that ask you to synthesize a compound, and the answers show that you do exactly what Klein said NOT to do. This mistake came up many times in that chapter, so it's hard for someone reading to book to know if it is a mistake or not unless a professor steps in to correct it. Once again, great visuals and format but I felt kind of underprepared using the book exclusively to study with. Would recommend this book, only if you have a professor that takes the time to read over and bring any mistakes to the classes attention. Hopefully the next edition will be better.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samir on Jan. 30 2013
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amazing book worth every single penny. Stuff is explained very well and all mechanisms are written down you just have to memorize them. It's even better than my textbook and explain the concept better than my professor, the author did a great job
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blue on Sept. 28 2013
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The price is good compared to the market.

Since the book came from another continent, it did take a while and there is minor damage to the hard cover.

It is still reasonable good considering the cost and benefit.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
By Frank B. Day - Published on
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I've had a chance to review a significant part of the text (and the study guide) at length over the last two weeks, and I am even more impressed than I thought I would be. As one of the many "official" reviewers of the text before its publication, I had had a chance to review, and was greatly impressed by, several chapters during the course of my reviewing. It is a truly outstanding textbook, and I hope that many other professors of organic chemistry will also see it's substantial merits. Klein covers all the material (and more) that any standard course could possibly cover, and he does an outstanding job ... not only in presenting the subject matter, but also in the large number of excellent practice problems.

I particularly like the numerous examples of important pharmaceutical compounds, and other highly relevant examples for students in medically-related, and in industrial fields. In spite of the sometimes tedious practice exercises, he certainly holds my interest, and presumably would effectively hold student interest. His efforts to distill the treatment of "electron pushing" and "mechanisms", to a relatively small number of basic patterns is extremely effective and helpful.

I will certainly adopt it for my full-year organic chemistry course as soon as we offer the course again ... if not this Fall, probably next Fall. At present, I have several students in my General Chemistry course who will be transferring from North Shore Community College to four year colleges next fall and who expect to take the full-year course in organic chemistry after they transfer. I am going to recommend that they buy Klein's text and study guide early this summer, and start preparing themselves for next fall. Whether their professors choose Klein as their ultimate text or not, they will benefit immensely by having Dr. Klein's step by step assistance in navigating the difficult path ahead of them.

I have had more than forty years experience teaching organic chemistry, and have had the good fortune to have used a number of excellent textbooks, starting with the first edition of Morrison and Boyd, published in the mid 1960's. Klein's new text is superior to any that I have used previously, without exception.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is Literally the Best Textbook I have Ever Had Dec 31 2012
By B. Tyburski - Published on
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This textbook is amazing. Plain and simple. Klein does an admirable job in bringing a complex subject like Organic Chemistry to the level of his readers while not losing any of the depth and complexity. As an added bonus, he does this all while emphasizing the PATTERNS in orgo over any form of memorization. He does this by always giving an explanation for everything. In the cases where something is a bit out of the range of a typical intro orgo student, Klein provides an amended, and perhaps slightly altered look, at how certain phenomena take place. They work every time.

While doing all this, Klein somehow keeps a semi-conversational tone and avoids overly-complex and formal talk. To show how important and applicable each concept is to his readers, Klein frames each chapter with a real life context in mind - in addition to giving many examples throughout each chapter.

The sectioning in this book is also fantastic. The max that you will read before coming to a progress check (or skillbuilder as he calls them) is 3-4 pages, but it is often much less (1-1.5/2). This really helps to make each section much more reasonable and not overwhelming because before moving on, you get a chance to check your understanding, it's never just endless reading. DO THE SKILLBUILDERS: They will help you more than you think!!! (I cannot emphasize that enough!).

At the end of each section, Klein also has a review section with an overview of all the core concepts and problems in each section, which can be very helpful when you want to quickly review a certain point quickly without scanning 50 or 60 pages. After this, there are many practice problems - some that are just from that section, some integrated questions that use knowledge from the current section as well as previous sections, and a few challenge problems. The problems themselves are very comprehensive and do a good job at emphasizing the conceptual and practical angle of orgo - both things necessary to understanding the subject and succeeding in class.

Oh, and as a sidenote, make sure you purchase the student solutions manual for this text because it is absolutely necessary. It has all of the skillbuilder and practice problem answers, which I guarantee you will want so that you can confirm you'r eon the right track. Yes, it's annoying that you need to buy a new book for this but trust me, you won't regret it.

In summary, this textbook is incredible. It has everything a student of organic chemistry could want - good explanations, little memorization, checkpoints, and an approachable tone. This book gets 5 stars (but if I could give it more, I would). I have to use this again next semester for orgo 2, and I'm not worried about the class in the least because of it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Best textbook I've come across Dec 10 2013
By Ken - Published on
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I just finished my first semester of organic chemistry and I have to say, I am deeply impressed with this book. It's honestly the BEST textbook I've ever come across. Here's why...

• First off, I absolutely love how he's structured the book. The practice problems come subsequently after each explained concept and they are tooled just so they are simple enough to grasp the concept. I found that doing the problems while reading REALLY helped out in terms of retaining information and performing on a test.
• I really like his writing style as well. It's straight forward yet well written and intelligent. Some of the little stories he throws in are pretty interesting as well. Like did you know that the only difference between the smell of caraway seeds and mint is the 3D arrangement of just two atoms? Crazy huh?
• Super easy to understand, and I love how he NEVER assumes you'll remember something forever if he mentions it just once. For example, after he teaches you a concept, yet you need to use it again later on in the book, he'll quickly give you a refresher so you remember it. He doesn't go overboard with this but he does it enough so that you never find yourself constantly flipping back throughout the book to relearn forgotten concepts. It's a HUGE help and greatly increases the efficiency of my study time as well as making concepts overall easier to understand.
• It just looks sweet. You could tell he put a lot of thought into the layout and I find myself just looking at the pictures sometimes haha.

• There are some errors, yes. So he could use a new edition in the following year or so... I can't think of any specifically, except... My professor did say that he missed out on a little topic... for the rate determining steps of radical chain reactions, if one step isn't *fast*, the entire reaction won't work due to the fact that radical chain reactions... well, rely on the fact that they occur in a rapid chain. Therefore if there's a kink in the chain the entire reaction is detrimentally affected. (Hopefully I quoted my professor correctly... He's a bloody genius by the way, if you can't tell aha))
• The WileyPlus mechanism questions suck... Like the online homework is actually really well made but Jesus, fix those types of questions! It's insanely annoying how touchy they are and I hate losing points over them!

Overall, if you're an OChem professor, you should seriously, seriously consider this book. It's honestly the best text I've come across in my years as a student (I'm a senior now). Like I'm a firm believer that if all scientific textbooks, if applicable, copy Klein's style, the entire world of academia would benefit as a whole (I'm serious). So please, for the sake of your students professors, check this textbook out!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
decent organic chemistry text June 28 2011
By Kristen Steinbacher - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I liked how the textbook showed a lot of examples and kept the text at a minimum. The examples were also useful due to the fact that the mechanisms were described in detail. The small descriptions under each step were very helpful in explaining the reaction that was going on. As a biology major, the "Medically Speaking" excerpts were also a nice touch. They illustrated real-world applications of the concepts. Similar to what others have said, solutions to the practice problems would be useful, however, I have had to purchase solution manuals for other organic chemistry textbooks in the past. As much as it can be unfortunate financially speaking, it doesn't come as a surprise and that seems to be the standard. All college textbooks/solutions manuals are overpriced.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I Finally Understand Organic Chemistry! Feb. 22 2012
By GreenApples - Published on
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I cannot say enough great things about this book! I am in my second semester of Organic Chemistry and after buying this book have not opened my required text since. This book is written for someone who's goal is to learn Organic Chemistry. While most text books on this subject are intimidating, confusing, and just plain boring this one is a refreshing change and written in a language you can understand. Even the way it's organized is far superior to any other chemistry book I've seen. I 100% recommend this book(as do my classmates that won't stop borrowing it!); it's definitely worth the price.

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