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AP US HISTORY- best book for self study?

stupakstupak Registered User Posts: 1,084 Senior Member
edited December 2005 in AP Tests Preparation
Well, the title is pretty self-explanatory: what is the best book to self-study for AP US History? I heard good things about REA and Barron's, but I want to make sure.
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Replies to: AP US HISTORY- best book for self study?

  • ryan2288ryan2288 Registered User Posts: 2,501 Senior Member
    look for other threads. This is ridiculous.
  • coolg49964coolg49964 Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    Use the Amsco book... It's called "United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination". It isn't the most popular book, but all I did was read it and do the practice exam from 2001 and I got a 5 on the AP and an 800 on the SAT2... Link below...

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1567656609/qid=1135672893/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-2118788-0529634?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

    I STRONGLY recommend it...
  • kchenkchen Registered User Posts: 4,236 Senior Member
    ^ That's good to know. My school's APUSH textbook is the AMSCO book, and I hope all of the information is covered in there.
  • coolg49964coolg49964 Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    Honestly, if you apply yourself and read the WHOLE book, with a little luck, you should be set. Almost everyone in my study group got a 5 using this book. That doesn't mean that it doesn't take plenty of work, but it means that you have all the resources you need to do the work.
  • kchenkchen Registered User Posts: 4,236 Senior Member
    Did you read the DBQ & Historical Perspective sections of the book? My course requires us to finish all 30(?) chapters of the book, but we aren't required to read the pages after the chapters.
  • coolg49964coolg49964 Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    I read the little guides with essay and DBQ pointers, yes. They're very, very short and show you some good ways to crank out formulaic but acceptable theses and topic sentences really quickly... Useful pointers that I would recommend. Historical perspectives... read some of them out of interest. Informative and sometimes interesting, not vital for a 5. Never hurts, though. Sometimes they help one articulate his sentiments professionally.

    Good luck!
    -Dan
  • ryan2288ryan2288 Registered User Posts: 2,501 Senior Member
    the review in the amsco book is entertaining and easy to grasp. I like it. Unlike REA it doesnt merely laundry list hard to memorize dates.
  • kchenkchen Registered User Posts: 4,236 Senior Member
    Thanks for the helpful information. =)
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