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Advanced Organic Chemistry: Reactions, Mechanisms, and Structure Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0471601807 ISBN-10: 0471601802 Edition: 4th

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  • Hardcover: 1512 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 4 edition (July 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471601802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471601807
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,364,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the book remains tremendous value for money...more pages per buck than most other texts...so it will remain a firm favourite as a general organic text and an easy-to-use 1-volume reference...will undoubtedly appear in all organic chemistry libraries and probably on many chemists' personal bookshelves too." (Organic Process Research & Development Journal, Vol. 5, No. 6, November 2001) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Revised and updated to reflect the growth in the field, it covers the three fundamental aspects of the study of organic chemistry--reactions, mechanisms and structure. Part One explores the structure of organic compounds, providing the necessary background for understanding mechanisms. Part Two discusses reactions and mechanisms. Organized by reaction type, each of these chapters discusses the basic mechanisms along with reactivity and orientation as well as the scope and mechanisms of each reaction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I ordered it for my advanced organic chemistry class, and it's been extremely helpful.
Vincent T Magda
This book simply is "the bible" for organic chemists - it is clearly organized and has the most powerful index I have ever seen in a book.
Michael Weber
Since Jerry's death in 1997, it will be up to Wiley to find a suitable coauthor to update this volume.
Edward T Urbansky

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Weber on June 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book simply is "the bible" for organic chemists - it is clearly organized and has the most powerful index I have ever seen in a book. It serves well not only as a reference guide for the working chemist but also is a good book for students.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim E. on January 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a big fan of the 4th edition, I jumped for joy when the 5th edition came out. I purchased it immediately, and I was not disappointed. It's hard to imagine beating the comprehensiveness of the past editions, but somehow Jerry has done it again! Certainly there is a lot of redundancy, but there are so many more reactions and references added that March's 5th is another must have for any serious organic chemist.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As usual, March's brings tens of thousands of reactions and structures to the desktop. While used as a text by graduate courses everywhere in the US, it remains one of my favorite desktop references as a working chemist. For a chemist doing analytical, physical, environmental, or nearly any kind of chemistry that deals with organic reactions and/or molecules at one time or another, you can barely afford to be without it, unless you work at a library. Best of all, March's gives you an excellent set of references for more depth on any reaction. Just the same, the mechanistic side tends to be a bit short or sometimes not illustrated as well as elsewhere. Also, the paper is way too thin, giving bleed through if I copy it for reference to give someone else when trying to prove or illustrate a point. Its also a bit fragile and sometimes harder to read because of that. It really should be better paper and two volumes by now. Softcopy would be even better. I haven't used this new edition enough to be certain, but I think there are more typos and so forth in it than I remember seeing in my earlier edition. Just the same, it is extremely useful and packs a lot of info. into a small package. Which I had it in softcopy, though. It has saved my several trips to the library in the month I've had the new edition.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Yau on November 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Updated for the continuing growth of the field, Jerry March had simply written one of the most comprehensive works in organic chemistry. The huge, thick volume might not serve as a text but rather a desktop reference. It was chosen as a course bible for my organic synthesis class.
The first part of the book deals with strcutures in organic chemistry. It serves as a prerequisite to understanding of reactions and mechanisms. This section contains information about some of the most ambiguous organic intermediates (species) such as nitrenes, carbenes, carbocations, and tautomers. One can also find detailed discussion on cis-trans isomerism and structural reactivity relations.
Part II of the volume discusses organic reactions and types of reactions in depth. Representative reactions include nucleophilic substitution, electrophilic substitution, rearrangements and radical reactions. Though March's work is self-containing as a sole reference, it is also meant to serve as a companion to major texts such as Miller's "Advanced Organic Chemistry", the double volumes of "Advanced Organic Chemistry" by Carey and Sundberg and any undergraduate introductory texts.
March's book distinguishes itself in discussion of organic named reaction such as Susuki reaction, Wolf-Kishner reduction, Swern oxidation, etc. One might often encounter difficulty in looking up named reactions. Jerry March's book will ease much of the trouble. Organic chemists and students should not miss this treasured work. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edward T Urbansky on May 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the other reviewers. I'd like to add that this book is also phenomenally useful as a reference for all chemists, not just organic chemists. It is undoubtedly the most complete work in terms of useful organization of cited references going back nearly a century. Its usefulness has led me to dedicate a recent article to Jerry March. Since Jerry's death in 1997, it will be up to Wiley to find a suitable coauthor to update this volume. I can only hope for a choice as good as Jerry. Along with Cotton & Wilkinson's Adv. Inorg. Chem., Jerry's book is a must for every chemist's ready-reference library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By subramaniankarur on January 24, 2000
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this book has been with me for the last 8 yrs.i like this book as all the info is imparted with the minimum usage of words,almost complete in itself,has references to original literature & with stunning clarity.if u are short of money go for it.it is the most complete ,self sufficient book available in the market.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kris Hillegass on October 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is by far the best text I have found. Although it is considered a text book, it is more handy as a reference tool. I have seen no other book that contains more information than March's. This book is actually worth the price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M Carlson on February 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I paid more for my 4th ed. new, and find it to be worth even more. It is not a cookbook per se, but it is a very comprehensive textbook that details general reactions by functional group. It outlines every way known to remove, add to, or otherwise modify every functional group. There is as much commentary as is needed, if not more, and every pathway is mentioned regardless of how exotic or primitive and low-yielding. The corresponding OS synth refs for specific cpds. are given for each type of reaction, along with a total of 15,000 other refs in footnotes. This was cutting-edge in 92, with much updating of the 3rd ed. The index will take you to the section that shows how to make the manipulations you want - if it doesn't, it probably can't be done.
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