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Advanced Organic Chemistry: Part B: Reaction and Synthesis (Advanced Organic Chemistry / Part B: Reactions and Synthesis) [Paperback]

Francis A. Carey , Richard J. Sundberg
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June 13, 2008 0387683542 978-0387683546 5th

The two-part, fifth edition of Advanced Organic Chemistry has been substantially revised and reorganized for greater clarity. The material has been updated to reflect advances in the field since the previous edition, especially in computational chemistry. Part B describes the most general and useful synthetic reactions, organized on the basis of reaction type. It can stand-alone; together, with Part A: Structure and Mechanisms, the two volumes provide a comprehensive foundation for the study in organic chemistry. Companion websites provide digital models for students and exercise solutions for instructors.

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"Advanced Organic Chemistry … the well-known textbook for graduate students – has now appeared in a 5th edition. … Carey & Sundberg will be interesting to all students who seek a detailed understanding of organic chemistry, and who wish to refresh and embellish their existing knowledge. On the strength of the scope and quality of the explanations, this pair of texts is recommended for use as the resource of first resort for specific research questions in one’s later career." (, January, 2008)

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  • Series: Advanced Organic Chemistry / Part B: Reactions and Synthesis
  • Paperback: 1322 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 5th edition (June 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387683542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387683546
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.2 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 5th Edition Misses the Mark--Loaded with Errors February 25, 2008
By bro
This review is specifically meant to refer to the latest edition (5th ed.) of this book. The earlier editions were quite good, but the 5th edition completely misses the mark. Ordinarily, one would think that a book such as this would get better and better with each new edition. Not so with this book. For some reason, the 5th edition is loaded with mistakes.....many of these appear to be typesetting errors (e.g., atoms in the wrong place, pentavalent carbons, nonsense intermediates within reaction pathways, etc.). It is terribly disappointing. I do not know what happened at the publisher this time, but, in good conscience, they really should not have released this book the way it is. It does not appear to have been the authors' fault, but rather it was likely the fault of Springer (the publisher). This looks like an example of the mindless side of capitalism....large publishing companies who have already taken over much of their competition also have ridiculous deadlines to meet quarterly earnings goals, so they rush through the publication process and end up turning out garbage. The only way that these companies ultimately avoid getting into a heap of trouble with the FTC or other consumer advocate agencies is by issuing online addendums filled with corrections to the myriad of errors. Ask yourselves, is that why you want to buy a new book..... so that you have to download a 50-page corrections addendum to fix all of the errors that the publisher missed or opted not to correct in the first place? This sort of thing is happening more and more these days in the publishing industry, even with software. And the larger and larger these publishing companies become, the more we see it. Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong graduate-level text April 14, 1999
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While a bit dated (1990), it is nevertheless a comprehensive overview of organic synthesis suitable for upper-level undergraduates or graduate students in organic chemistry. Unlike reference works like March, it is more of a textbook - however, a good number of references (with few mistakes) are provided. Along with part "A" of the series and a more reference-oriented work such as March, it provides a solid foundation and entry point to the literature for advanced students of organic chemistry.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificient in its own essence July 16, 2001
I found this book extremely easy to read and makes a great addition to the library owned by an organic chemist. Certainly, this book deserves much attention and I believe that it describes many concepts in a simpler manner when comparison to Jerry March's book is called upon. The book is well-written and is exactly what undergraduate students interested in organic chemistry need to read if they want to expand their knowledge of the field without getting into a complex text right away. Definitively, I recommend this book in the shelf of any practicing and non-practicing chemist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Organic Text May 19, 2006
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I thought that the book was clear and interesting. It explained the reactions in sufficient detail for the first graduate level organic class I took.

My only complaint was that there was no answer guide. The answers are given as literature references, necessitating that you go look them up. When you are assigned 30 of his problems, that's not a trivial task, especially when some of the journals are esoteric. Also, finding the journal isn't enough, as often the journal citation has nothing to do with the problem. The "answer molecule" might just appear somewhere in that article.

And then, to add insult to injury, there are errors in the citations.

It's a great reference, but I wish that the problems in the book had more readily available answers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing December 10, 2009
As a previous review suggested, this book fell short of expectations. There are in fact quite a few errors (i.e. pentavalent carbons, etc.); such errors are especially prevalent in the problem section of the book. Moreover, the book does contain many outdated problems.

Although the organization of the book isn't horrible, it isn't a very readable text, mainly due to the detail they go into in explanations of seemingly irrelevant things. In other words, this book is not very conducive to skimming, or good at all for review; especially when it comes to the carbon acid section. Rather than simply stating general trends of carbon acids, they go into detail about the different methods for measuring the pKas of carbon acids, and the different advantages and disadvantages to such methods. While this may be of interest to some people, it simply makes the section much less readable, perhaps a short summary at the end of each section summarizing general concepts would help alleviate this error. So rather than having to sift through 20 pages of mostly worthless crap to find one simple concept, it would be briefly outlined in the end (or beginning) of a section, or chapter.

Perhaps the thing that annoys me most about this book, however, is the absolutely horrible way in which structures are presented in the book. Rather than sticking to simple Line-bond structures (or carbon skeletons, whatever you know them as), molecules are presented as an obnoxious mixture of both. In some cases (i.e. ylides, and such) actually labling carbons and hydrogen atoms can be useful. However, when you get to the problem section and see something to the effect of - CH2=C(CH2)3CH2CHO - rather than a simple line-bond structure, it becomes obnoxious very quickly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Text at an affordable Price
Very well written and full of great references! This is useful to the student as well as a great reference for the practicing chemist.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to part A
This book is actually really good for anyone that's interested in organic chemistry. Carey did great in part A & part is the same. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Eve
5.0 out of 5 stars Great text book!
Strongly recommended to students who already have the basic knowledge and want to further understand the mechanism of organic chemistry reactions. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Georgeta
5.0 out of 5 stars Organic Bible
This is the organic chemistry bible. This book should be on the shelf of every organic chemist. Useful for anything after Organic 1 or 2.
Published 14 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Correct Edition, Came brand new
Came brand new and very fast. Should help out for this coming semester and beyond for organic syntheis and problem solving
Published 18 months ago by Daniel Hoagland
5.0 out of 5 stars it is same that last.
it is same that last. i need this book for my next class in the advanced organic chemitry in the university
Published 19 months ago by FERREIRA DIAS Danielle
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful but poorly edited
The book is useful, and very readable, but I was able to find hundreds of errors in the figures, schemes and references to the original literature.
Published 23 months ago by Sara
4.0 out of 5 stars good book, solutions manual ??
this is a good book, but does anyone have a copy of the electronic solutions manual ? it is available on the springer website but my professor doesn't have access.
Published on January 17, 2012 by henry s
5.0 out of 5 stars Part B Carey
Great book, a lot of information but that is organic chemistry for you.. Very detailed and explains how reactions function and their importance. Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by Yahaira
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Text for Advanced Organic Chemistry
This textbook provides ample examples of practical synthetic applications and clearly explains the mechanism and/or rational for using the particular reaction. Read more
Published on February 9, 2011 by Kevin Arendt
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