Wednesday, July 20, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: AP/SAT II US History in a Flash by Larry Krieger

Release Date: February 7th, 2011
Publisher: Direct Hits
Page Count: 348
Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher, via LibraryThing Member Giveaways, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you both!)

US History in a Flash is the definitive prep book for both the AP US History exam and the SAT II US History subject test. The book is based upon a bold new approach.

Instead of trying to be a mini-textbook that covers everything, US History in a Flash uses the Direct Hits’s selective approach of only focusing on topics that have generated clusters of questions.
What Stephanie Thinks: As someone who takes standardized tests for school, an AP "crash course" is helpful. I obviously am not preparing for the US History Subject Test (not my strongest point), but I am taking an American History course right now which goes well with this book. We don't have a standardized test for it, but we do have in-class tests that need the material found in a review like this.

More recently, I had to write a history synthesis paper, and this book that has a little bit of all sorts of information was fantastic for it because I didn't have to lug my entire textbook around.

What's great, is that each of the topics are organized into chapters throughout the book. From there, subtopics are branched off, thoroughly explaining all the possible details, in a format that's convenient to search through.

My only disappointment is that it does not coordinate with the course textbook. Most history textbooks (and I know, from high school social studies classes, as well) aren't ordered chronologically because in history, that sometimes mixes things up. AP/SAT II US History in a Flash is set up that way, so it makes it harder to read and use when attempting to study.

In the long run, this guide is a concise, ever-so-facile book to review an entire double-semester course from, and I recommend it for anyone studying for finals or writing up term essays.

Radical Rating:
 8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥