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Comment author: rhodium 02 April 2012 01:51:07AM 2 points [-]

For organic chemistry, all the textbooks have more or less the name "Organic Chemistry", The best, if most rigorous, is by Clayden, Greeves, Stuart Warren (main author) and Wothers. Much less rigorous are the books by McMurray, or Jan Smith or many others. I find the Wm. Brown book well written but rather similar to all the rest. The market requires that the book prepare one for the MCATs which means all chemistry discovered after about 1980 is omitted. Perhaps that is why Clayden is good, it is English. Modesty prevents me from naming the one I wrote, but I would suggest that if you want to organize your thoughts, writing a textbook is not a bad way to do it.

Comment author: ghodith 21 May 2014 09:56:12AM 1 point [-]

Organic Chemistry V2 Quick question, how would you compare volume two over the original? If you have read it that is.

Comment author: Manfred 02 April 2012 02:37:47AM *  0 points [-]

I also found CGWW really good. It was better written than the other (two) chemistry books I've read - it just happens to be the size of two textbooks.