Well, on the other hand, Organic Chemistry as Second Language is like a 400-page condensed version of the longer book. This version mainly omits backstories, unnecessary examples and case studies. It boils it down to what really is important to understand organic chemistry: concepts, concise introductions, clear explanations, examples and problems.
The first part deeply covers the fundamentals oforganic chemistry, and basic types of mechanisms. This is a stand-alonetop-tier book on these topics, but it is very well complemented by the secondvolume, which deals with reactivity and synthesis.
If you are just interested in winning organic chemistry, this book is definitely your best weapon. But this does not mean that that this book is just for that. No, it definitely covers everything most other textbooks do, but just in a much more concise and practical way. Furthermore, this book includes all the problem solutions by itself, so there is no need to purchase a separate solutions book.
The style of the book is quite unique. It is written in an informal and honest way that makes it extremely pleasant to follow. Furthermore, many examples based on interesting/famous molecules or chemical problems are presented throughout the book. The only drawbacks that I can think of is that some of the final chapters, such as the ones for organometallic chemistry, would be better off if they were a bit more expanded. Also, there are no in-chapter problems. Finally, as you can see, the last edition is from 2012; if getting a very up-to-date textbook is in your top priorities, maybe you should look into other texts. d2c66b5586