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About the Author

Ethel Wood taught a wide variety of social studies classes, including AP European History, at Princeton High School in Princeton, New Jersey for 24 years. She is also a prolific writer of social studies educational materials, including AP World History: An Essential Coursebook, AP European History: An Essential Coursebook; AP Comparative Government and Politics: A Study Guide, and AP Human Geography: A Study Guide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 612 pages
  • Publisher: WoodYard Publications; 2nd edition (June 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983176620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983176626
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not shockingly, considering Ms Wood's background, "AP World History: An Essential Coursebook" is simply the best guide for studying world history in contemplation of taking the AP World History exam. It precisely focuses on those elements that an AP student needs, or any student for that matter. Organized around the six AP time periods (the 2011 publication making the change from 1914 to 1900 as a period break between the fifth and sixth periods), this book is filled with appropriate charts and maps that illustrate and amplify the text.

Ms Wood's style is clear, interesting, and packed with information and analysis. Important figures, events, terminology, and places such as "Renaissance," "Hidden Imam," and "Genghis Khan" are bold-faced and listed at the end of each section for review. Student understanding of events is enhanced with inserts such as "Perspectives: Motivations for the Crusades" and other gems that provide POV analysis and, from my perspective, are superb POV modeling for students. Other inserts provide historic comparisons, primary sources and so forth--all adapted to provide clearer understanding of the historical process and give the student intellectual ammunition from which to go forth a do battle on that day in May. She also includes end of unit multiple choice questions and the obligatory practice exam at the end of the book.

That there are no color illustrations, for me, was hardly a drawback. Textbooks and the internet provide all the color pictures one might need. It simply makes the book affordable. She hits all the AP themes and provides a framework for understanding gender, labor and social class issues. There is not a single unnecessary word while at the same time not one important idea or concept left out.
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This really helped me out with the AP World History exam as it provides good summary of all eras, and also includes well detailed questions and practice tests that are very similar to what you will find in an AP world history class. I got a 4/5 on the AP exam, so I highly recommend this book.
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And she has a 95%!pass rate for students taking the AP world history course. She doesn't like their regular text much because it is so wordy. Tis one comes with review questions and is short enough to use for cramming.
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This book is a Godsend if you or your child is taking AP world history. They can use the school's books while at school and they provide the necessary material online; however nothing beats having your very own copy at home to study.
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I got the book to review for world and it thoroughly covered every single region. It also included compare and contrasts between different regions, religions, or civilizations which I thought was helpful because it gave insight to what that time period was like and helped me on the compare contrast essay. Without this book I don't think would have done as well on the exam
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I wish that we had picked this book up before the other recommended texts for the summer homework requirement. It had all of the information that we were looking for in an easy to read format.
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This book is a must have for Advanced Placement World History. It makes all of the information easy to read and understand but yet hits every major concept you need for the exam.
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My 15 yr old daughter thinks its better than last edition and for a teen to like text book, that's good. She is maintaining that A+, so what are you waiting for? buy it
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