The Insider's Complete Guide to AP US History: The Essential Content Paperback – March 8, 2012
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About the Author
Larry Krieger, the founder of InsiderTestPrep, has taught SAT classes for over 20 years and AP classes for over 35 years. Larry was born and raised in North Carolina. Larry earned a BA in history and an MAT in social studies education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also earned a MA in sociology at Wake Forest University.
His teaching career began in 1970 at Olympic High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. During the next 35 years Larry taught urban, rural, and suburban students in North Carolina and New Jersey. Larry taught a variety of AP subjects including American History, World History, European History, American Government, and Art History. His popular courses were renowned for their energetic presentations, commitment to scholarship, and dedication to excellence.
In 2004 and 2005 the College Board recognized Larry as one of America's most successful AP teachers. Larry is the author of several US History, World History, AP prep, and SAT prep books that are used throughout the U.S. and around the world.
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The multiple choice questions are simple once you finish the book. In fact, the questions will help you review the material in the book and reinforce your understanding of history. The book also provides the information in nice, easy to digest bullet points and marginal notes. I suggest purchasing the book and taking notes the in margins.
At the end of the book, are essential facts such as supreme court cases to know, amendments and key points in history. Krieger's 20+ years of teaching APUSH easily shine through the text and allow the reader to become engrossed in the language he uses.
Overall, the book is easy to read and learn from(a characteristic other prep books do not possess). THIS BOOK IS A MUST BUY FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO PASS THE APUSH EXAM.
Let's just say this book proved me wrong.
I have never felt more confident on an AP test in my life. I have taken 9 APs so far and this book was beyond incredible. Questions came word for word from the tips in the margins and the text. I was astonished by how literally every five or so questions one came straight from this book. I read AMSCO a month before the test. I read this about 2 weeks before the test and the night before. Let's just say I completely forgot every little detail in AMSCO. This book is seriously all you need and I am amazed by its quality. I normally over-prepare for tests, so at first this book felt odd compared to other review books. Don't worry; this book satisfies every question on the AP exam. I walked out of there confident with my five.
The SAT subject test was just as easy thanks to this book! I skimmed through it the night before the test, and once again, the test was a breeze. I had a weird sense of de ja vu; it was awesome. Questions word for word from this book.
I don't know how Larry Krieger does it, but he manages to anticipate the questions. This is the best kept secret of APUSH/SAT US History. Those were the two easiest tests of my life. I can't thank you enough Mr. Krieger! Bottom line: Don't worry about the length. This book is broken down perfectly. I adore the concise formatting and bullet point style. All you need to know is in this book.
I'd suggest you also get the Crash Course book. I reread Crash Course the night before the exam, and it helped me answer 10+ questions, almost verbatim to the test's phrasing!
History is not my favorite subject. At all... To bolster this impression, my teacher for this course is new and unorganized; he did not prepare us for the AP exam, to be brief. I had heard great things about AMSCO, as had other reviewers, but I decided on this book because of the stellar reviews. I would like to note to any potential buyers that the two one-star reviews are not verified purchases.
Anyway, so this book is just plain and simple perfect. It provides all the info necessary to succeed on the exam, and provides stages of review. Get this book at the beginning of the year and use it for supplementary purposes throughout the year. Comparison chapters seem incredibly useful and will likely prove to be so on the exam (especially for the FRQs). Information is concise and clear, presented in a visually-pleasing bulleted format. Additionally, there are chapters specifically devoted to success at the writing of free-response and document-based questions. The Top 10 lists and glossary are excellent short-term review immediately before the text; this information is especially valuable for the free-response questions. There is a podcast series for the entire course on the publisher's website. I haven't thoroughly utilized this resource, but it seems to maintain interest in the material while being clear and didactic. The book also utilizes AP Central, an incredible resource often neglected in reviewing materials.
I don't want to be that person that rants and raves, resulting in an imbalanced review. Regardless, I will say, as a student who hates history, not only has this book given me confidence at passing the exam, it has made me interested in history, despite an immature, unprepared teacher. (Which is, quite honestly, a miracle.)
If you can't decide between books, get this one.