- Hardcover: 1344 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2nd edition (December 31, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118452283
- ISBN-13: 978-1118452288
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.9 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 349 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I will say is that it combines the best of every world. Too often one will open an organic chemistry text and know that it was written by a true chemist. While that isn't strictly a bad thing content-wise, not many people like to learn via bland, dichromatic diagrams and overly formal descriptions and definitions. Klein understands that stimulation is key to success in organic chemistry, and this textbook shows it. It's as though it were designed by an arts graduate, written by an English graduate, and structured and detailed by a chemistry graduate. It's absolutely the most gorgeous textbook I've ever used, with color, detail and page design that is absolutely lush as far as textbooks go, but with enough attention paid to structure so that it's never distracting. I never bothered to use color in my notes before, but when using this book I couldn't help but replicate the ways it uses color to emphasize certain points. The tone of the text itself is friendly and instructive, and much more concise than the droning ones I've seen before. And Klein gives you plenty of practice in the chapters in the form of Skillbuilders and end-of-section problems. Finally, the chapters are punctuated by mechanisms that are broken down in an extremely comprehensible fashion. If I've ever loved a textbook as a work of art, this is it.
There are some downsides, but they are limited in case. If your professor is using this text as the basis for your class, then congruatulations, you're set. If not, however, prepare for a few headaches near the second half of your course. Klein's book omits and reorders concepts in comparison to other popular organic texts. For example, there wasn't a word I could find about cuprates and Corey-House reactions, even though these were present in the text my professor was using (and therefore also present on our tests). I found that there were other minor concepts like reductive amination that Klein forgoes, and the book is drastically different in chapter order than the textbook your instructor might prefer. I would still wholeheartedly recommend Klein to anyone taking Organic, but if your recommend course textbook is different, be wary and pay attention to the differences.
In short, this book is a shining example of everything a textbook should be, and organic students should consider themselves lucky that Klein wrote this for them. And considering that this is only the first edition, I'm even more impressed with it. I'll be holding onto my copy well after my final orgo examination.
I highly recommend also adding the solutions manual. It was written by the author (or so I was told) and is quite good. Be sure to download the errata online as there are a few mistakes.
Other textbook authors need to study this book and how it caters to students instead of churning out the same book year after year.