A first and second year undergraduate organic chemistry textbook, specifically geared to British and European courses and courses offered in better schools in North America. The emphasis is on clarity and understanding, with very careful explanations of difficult concepts, many examples related to everyday life, and a fresh and student-friendly writing style.
The book accompanies the beginner in organic chemistry from the structure of the molecules, over NMR up to the topics for advanced, like heterocycles and asymmetrical synthesis. A typical arrangement of functional groups as seen in older text books does not occur. Thus, rather mechanisms and concepts of organic chemistry with rising difficulties are explained. Therefore it can be seen , that a certain mechanism (e.g. the addition to a carbonyl group) can be applied to different functional groups.