Consolidated Book List for Self-Studiers (texts and prep-books)

<p>So after two weeks of diligently reading this forum for suggestions, and based on my own AP experience, I have compiled a list of the best resources to use on the following AP Exams if you're going to self-study. </p>

<p>I hope a lot of CC'ers find this list useful, as I myself would have loved this list weeks ago. I have also provided links and suggestions for textbooks (very useful if you're self-studying I find).</p>

<p>AP ART HISTORY: </p>

<ul>
<li>Gardner's Art through the Ages, 12th edition (Amazon.com:</a> Gardner's Art through the Ages (with ArtStudy Student CD-ROM and InfoTrac ) (9780155050907): Fred S. Kleiner, Christin J. Mamiya: Books), textbook</li>
</ul>

<p>-The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (Amazon.com:</a> The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (9780740768729): Carol Strickland: Books), basically a review book</p>

<p>-Barron's AP Art History (Amazon.com:</a> Barron's AP Art History with CD-ROM (Barron's Ap Art History (Book & CD-Rom)) (9780764194634): John B. Nici M.A.: Books), this is a prep-book/review book of course</p>

<p>AP MACRO/MICRO ECONOMICS:</p>

<ul>
<li>Essentials of Economics, Mankiw (Amazon.com:</a> Essentials of Economics (9780324590029): N. Gregory Mankiw: Books), textbook</li>
</ul>

<p>-Cracking the AP Economics Macro & Micro Exams, Princeton Review (Amazon.com:</a> Cracking the AP Economics Macro & Micro Exams, 2010 Edition (College Test Preparation) (9780375429170): Princeton Review: Books), this is a prep-book</p>

<p>AP EUROPEAN HISTORY:</p>

<ul>
<li><p>Modern European History, Viault (Amazon.com:</a> Modern European History (0639785401056): Birdsall Viault: Books), this is a very helpful review book, the bible of AP Euro</p></li>
<li><p>A History of Western Society Since 1300 for Advanced Placement (Amazon.com:</a> A History of Western Society Since 1300 for Advanced Placement* (9780312683214): John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Clare Haru Crowston, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks: Books), textbook</p></li>
<li><p>Cracking the AP European History Exam, Princeton Review (Amazon.com:</a> Cracking the AP European History Exam, 2010 Edition (College Test Preparation) (9780375429453): Princeton Review: Books), prep-book</p></li>
</ul>

<p>AP WORLD HISTORY:</p>

<ul>
<li><p>World Civilizations: The Global Experience, Ap Edition (Amazon.com:</a> World Civilizations: The Global Experience, Ap Edition (9780131732889): Peter N. Stearns, Michael Adas, Stuart B. Schwartz, Marc J. Gilbert: Books), textbook</p></li>
<li><p>Cracking the AP World History Exam, PR (Amazon.com:</a> Cracking the AP World History Exam, 2010 Edition (College Test Preparation) (9780375429538): Princeton Review: Books) prep-book</p></li>
</ul>

<p>AP COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:</p>

<ul>
<li><p>AP Comparative Government and Politics: a Study Guide, 4th edition (Amazon.com:</a> AP Comparative Government and Politics: a Study Guide, 4th edition (9780974348179): Ethel Wood: Books), prep-book, considered the bible of Comp. Gov. & Politics</p></li>
<li><p>Introduction to Comparative Politics, Kesselman (Amazon.com:</a> Introduction to Comparative Politics (9780618214464): Mark Kesselman, Joel Krieger, William A. Joseph, Ervand Abrahamian, Christopher S. Allen: Books), textbook</p></li>
</ul>

<p>For now I'm done, I have some more suggestions that I'll post later (finding links and making this list in general has been exhausting :P ). </p>

<p>Feel free to make any suggestions and corrections, this is just a ruff list. </p>

<p>Note: If you are looking to buy any of these materials, I simply linked the newest, and consequentially, most expensive editions of the books. For any of the textbooks you could easily save $100 by buying a used, earlier edition of the book. I saved like $500 this year buying used textbooks and prep materials. The only book I bought new was the Ethel Woods Comp Gov book, which is adjusted to the new format of the exam. </p>

<p>Hope I've helped a few people out there! :)</p>

<p>Nice list :) You should mention whether you need a textbook or not to study the AP. I'm finding that there's disagreement between members on this forum on whether one need a textbook or not to study for the AP Economic exams.</p>

<p>But my suggestions:
AP Statistics:
The Practice of Statistics by Yates/Moore/Starnes
Amazon.com:</a> The Practice of Statistics: TI-83/84/89 Graphing Calculator Enhanced (9780716773092): Dan Yates, David S. Moore, Daren S. Starnes: Books
& A barron's prep book, but many suggest that a textbook isn't needed.</p>

<p>AP World History:
Not too sure about Sterns but Traditions and Encounters by Bentley/Ziegler is amazing. It reads like a story and makes history very easy.
Amazon.com:</a> Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. Fourth Edition (9780073406930): Jerry Bentley, Herbert Ziegler: Books</p>

<p>AP Calculus:
Not Calculus: Graphical/Algebraical/Numerical (sp?) but a book by Thomas/Finney 9e does a nice job. You can buy it used for very cheap since it's no longer in print.</p>

<p>AP Biology:
Campbells 8e and Cliffnotes.</p>

<p>Great additions, Mr. Wheezy! I'll add them to the list. </p>

<p>And about needing a textbook, I didn't really think of that. I like textbooks b/c I feel they really go in depth and insure a high score on an AP. However, exams like Human Geography only need a simply prep-book.</p>

<p>Oh... I guess I can't edit the original list. That sucks. I guess every once and a while I will combine everyone's collective suggestions so people don't have to read through like 60 pages to get suggestions :)</p>

<p>AP United States History:</p>

<p>AMSCO (Amazon.com:</a> United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (9781567656602): John J. Newman: Books)</p>

<p>REA's Crash Course (Amazon.com:</a> AP U.S. History Crash Course (REA) (9780738608136): Larry Krieger: Books)</p>

<p>Just in case you didn't know (:</p>

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<p>My consolidated list: </p>

<p>AP WORLD HISTORY
-The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History 4/e AP Edition (Amazon.com:</a> Bulliet, Earth And Its Peoples Advanced Placement 4th Edition (9780618771486): Richard W. Bulliet, Pamela Kyle Crossley, Steven W. Hirsch, Lyman L. Johnson, Daniel R. Headrick: Books), textbook</p>

<p>AP CHEMISTRY
-Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change (Amazon.com:</a> Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change (9780077216504): Martin Silberberg: Books), textbook
-Chemistry: The Central Science 11/e AP edition (Amazon.com:</a> Chemistry: The Central Science: AP Edition (9780136018797): Theodore L. Brown, H. Eugene, Jr. LeMay, Bruce E. Bursten, Catherine J. Murphy: Books), textbook
-AP Chemistry, Princeton Review (you could easily look this up on amazon), study guide</p>

<p>AP CALCULUS AB/BC
-Calculus by Ron Larson 8/e (Amazon.com:</a> Calculus (With Analytic Geometry)(8th edition) (9780618502981): Ron Larson, Robert P. Hostetler, Bruce H. Edwards: Books), textbook (there's 9/e too)
-Calculus Princeton Review</p>

<p>AP STATISTICS
-Stats: Modeling the World 2/e (Amazon.com:</a> Stats: Modeling the World (2nd Edition) (9780321375599): David E. Bock, Paul F. Velleman, Richard D. De Veaux: Books), textbook
-The Practice of Statistics (Amazon.com:</a> The Practice of Statistics: TI-83/84/89 Graphing Calculator Enhanced (9780716773092): Dan Yates, David S. Moore, Daren S. Starnes: Books), textbook
-AP Statistics Barrons</p>

<p>AP U.S. HISTORY
-The American Pageant 14/e (cuz it has a glossary. FINALLY!!!! But you can still manage with 13/e) (Amazon.com:</a> The American Pageant (9780547166544): David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen, Thomas Bailey: Books), textbook
-AMSCO, study guide</p>

<p>AP PHYSICS B
-Physics by Cutnell 5/e+ (Amazon.com:</a> Physics (9780471663157): John D. Cutnell, Kenneth W. Johnson: Books), textbook
-Physics B Princeton Review</p>

<p>AP EUROPEAN HISTORY
-The Western Experience 9/e(Amazon.com:</a> The Western Experience, with Primary Source Investigator and PowerWeb (9780073331652): Mortimer Chambers, Barbara Hanawalt, Theodore Rabb, Isser Woloch, Raymond Grew, Lisa Tiersten: Books), textbook
-AP Achiever European History (Amazon.com:</a> AP Achiever (Advanced Placement* Exam Preparation Guide) for European History (College Test Prep) (9780073256726): Chris Freiler: Books), study guide</p>

<p>AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
-The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric (Amazon.com:</a> The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing and Rhetoric (9780312450946): Renee H. Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Dissin Aufses: Books), reader
-The Bedford Handbook (Amazon.com:</a> The Bedford Handbook (9780312479749): Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers: Books), grammar handbook
-Prose Style: A Contemporary Guide (Amazon.com:</a> Prose Style: A Contemporary Guide (2nd Edition) (9780137131815): Robert Miles, Marc Bertonasco, William Karns: Books), style guide
-Patterns for College Writing (Amazon.com:</a> Patterns for College Writing with 2009 MLA Update: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide (9780312601522): Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell: Books), reader
-Cliffnotes AP English Language and Composition (Amazon.com:</a> CliffsAP English Language and Composition (Cliffs AP) (9780471933687): Barbara V. Swovelin: Books), study guide</p>

<p>Textbooks!</p>

<p>Okay, so I don't have the links but since you have the ISBN, you can find it on Amazon yourself. (: There are a few review books that don't have any classification</p>

<p>Art History[ul]
[<em>]Gardner's Art through the Ages, 12th edition (Amazon.com: Gardner's Art through the Ages (with ArtStudy Student CD-ROM and InfoTrac ) (9780155050907): Fred S. Kleiner, Christin J. Mamiya: Books)
[/ul]Biology [ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li][/ul]Calculus AB + BC[ul]
[li]Calculus by Ron Larson 8/e (Amazon.com: Calculus (With Analytic Geometry)(8th edition) (9780618502981): Ron Larson, Robert P. Hostetler, Bruce H. Edwards: Books) (There’s a 9/e)[/li][/ul]Chemistry[ul]
[li]Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change (Amazon.com: Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change (9780077216504): Martin Silberberg: Books[/li][</em>]Chemistry: The Central Science 11/e AP edition (Amazon.com: Chemistry: The Central Science: AP Edition (9780136018797): Theodore L. Brown, H. Eugene, Jr. LeMay, Bruce E. Bursten, Catherine J. Murphy: Books)
[/ul]Chinese Language and Culture[ul]
[<em>]Suggest something!
[/ul]Computer Science A[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]English Language and Composition[ul]
[li]The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric (Amazon.com: The Language of Composition: Reading, Writing and Rhetoric (9780312450946): Renee H. Shea, Lawrence Scanlon, Robin Dissin Aufses: Books), READER[/li][</em>]The Bedford Handbook (Amazon.com: The Bedford Handbook (9780312479749): Diana Hacker, Nancy Sommers: Books), GRAMMAR HANDBOOK
[<em>]Prose Style: A Contemporary Guide (Amazon.com: Prose Style: A Contemporary Guide (2nd Edition) (9780137131815): Robert Miles, Marc Bertonasco, William Karns: Books), STYLE GUIDE
[</em>]Patterns for College Writing (Amazon.com: Patterns for College Writing with 2009 MLA Update: A Rhetorical Reader and Guide (9780312601522): Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell: Books), READER
[/ul]English Literature and Composition[ul]
[<em>]Suggest something!
[/ul]Environmental Science[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]European History[ul]
[li]A History of Western Society Since 1300 for Advanced Placement (Amazon.com: A History of Western Society Since 1300 for Advanced Placement</em> (9780312683214): John P. McKay, Bennett D. Hill, John Buckler, Clare Haru Crowston, Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks: Books)[/li][<em>]The Western Experience 9/e(Amazon.com: The Western Experience, with Primary Source Investigator and PowerWeb (9780073331652): Mortimer Chambers, Barbara Hanawalt, Theodore Rabb, Isser Woloch, Raymond Grew, Lisa Tiersten: Books)
[/ul]French Language[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]German Language[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Government and Politics: Comparative[ul]
[li]Introduction to Comparative Politics, Kesselman (Amazon.com: Introduction to Comparative Politics (9780618214464): Mark Kesselman, Joel Krieger, William A. Joseph, Ervand Abrahamian, Christopher S. Allen: Books)[/li][/ul]Government and Politics: United States[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Human Geography[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Japanese Language and Culture [ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Latin: Vergil[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Macroeconomics & Microeconomics[ul]
[li]Essentials of Economics, Mankiw (Amazon.com: Essentials of Economics (9780324590029): N. Gregory Mankiw: Books)[/li][/ul]Music Theory[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Physics B[ul]
[li]Physics by Cutnell 5/e+ (Amazon.com: Physics (9780471663157): John D. Cutnell, Kenneth W. Johnson: Books)[/li][/ul]Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism & Mechanics[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Psychology[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Spanish Language[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Spanish Literature[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Statistics[ul]
[li]The Practice of Statistics by Yates, Moore, Starnes (Amazon.com: The Practice of Statistics: TI-83/84/89 Graphing Calculator Enhanced (9780716773092): Dan Yates, David S. Moore, Daren S. Starnes: Books)[/li][</em>]Stats: Modeling the World 2/e (Amazon.com: Stats: Modeling the World (2nd Edition) (9780321375599): David E. Bock, Paul F. Velleman, Richard D. De Veaux: Books)
[<em>]The Practice of Statistics (Amazon.com: The Practice of Statistics: TI-83/84/89 Graphing Calculator Enhanced (9780716773092): Dan Yates, David S. Moore, Daren S. Starnes: Books)
[/ul]U.S. History[ul]
[li]AMSCO (Amazon.com: United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination (9781567656602): John J. Newman: Books)[/li][</em>]REA's Crash Course (Amazon.com: AP U.S. History Crash Course (REA) (9780738608136): Larry Krieger: Books)
[<em>]The American Pageant 14/e (It has a glossary. FINALLY! But you can still manage with 13/e) (Amazon.com: The American Pageant (9780547166544): David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen, Thomas Bailey: Books),
[/ul]World History[ul]
[li]World Civilizations: The Global Experience, Ap Edition (Amazon.com: World Civilizations: The Global Experience, Ap Edition (9780131732889): Peter N. Stearns, Michael Adas, Stuart B. Schwartz, Marc J. Gilbert: Books)[/li][</em>]The Earth and Its Peoples: A Global History 4/e AP Edition (Amazon.com: Bulliet, Earth And Its Peoples Advanced Placement 4th Edition (9780618771486): Richard W. Bulliet, Pamela Kyle Crossley, Steven W. Hirsch, Lyman L. Johnson, Daniel R. Headrick: Books)
[li]Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. Fourth Edition (Amazon.com: Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past. Fourth Edition (9780073406930): Jerry Bentley, Herbert Ziegler: Books)[/ul]</p>[/li]
<p>Review books!
I - Good for use independently (without any other materials such as textbooks).
T - Could be used independently, but an in-depth knowledge requires a textbook.
Q - Questions throughout the book that help reinforce information (practice tests do not count).
E - Easy to read.
S - A lot of superfluous information.
P - Practice tests included.</p>

<p>Art History[ul]
[<em>]Barron’s
[</em>]The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (Amazon.com: The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern (9780740768729): Carol Strickland: Books),
[/ul]Biology[ul]
[<em>]Princeton Review (T, Q, P)
[/ul]Calculus AB & BC[ul]
[li]Princeton Review (T, Q, P)[/li][/ul]Chemistry[ul]
[li]Princeton Review (T, Q, E, P)[/li][</em>]Barron’s (I, S, P)
[/ul]Chinese Language and Culture[ul]
[<em>]Barron's
[/ul]Computer Science A [ul]
[li]Barron’s (I, Q, S, P)[/li][/ul]English Language and Composition[ul]
[li]Princeton Review (I, E, P)[/li][</em>]Cliffs (I, E, P)
[/ul]English Literature and Composition[ul]
[<em>]Suggest something!
[/ul]Environmental Science[ul]
[li]Princeton Review (T, Q, E, P)[/li][/ul]European History[ul]
[li]Princeton Review (T, Q, E, P)[/li][</em>]Cliffs (T, Q, E, P)
[<em>]Modern European History (T, E, S)
[</em>]AP Achiever European History (Amazon.com: AP Achiever (Advanced Placement* Exam Preparation Guide) for European History (College Test Prep) (9780073256726): Chris Freiler: Books)
[/ul]French Language[ul]
[<em>]Barron’s (I, Q, P)
[/ul] German Language[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li][/ul]Government and Politics: Comparative[ul]
[li]Comparative Government and Politics: A Study Guide 4/e (I, Q, E, P)[/li][/ul]Government and Politics: United States[ul]
[li]Princeton Review (I, Q, E, P)[/li][/ul]Human Geography[ul]
[li]Barron’s (I, Q, S, P)[/li][/ul]Japanese Language and Culture[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li][/ul]Latin: Vergil[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Macroeconomics & Microeconomics[ul]
[li]Princeton Review (I, Q, E, P)[/li][/ul]Music Theory[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Physics B[ul]
[li]Barron’s (I, P)[/li][/ul]Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism[ul]
[li]Barron’s (I, S, P)[/li][/ul]Physics C: Mechanics[ul]
[li]Barron’s (I, E, S, P)[/li][/ul]Psychology[ul]
[li]Barron’s (T, Q, E, S, P)[/li][</em>]Princeton Review (T, E, P)
[/ul]Spanish Language[ul]
[<em>]Suggest something!
[/ul]Spanish Literature[ul]
[li]Suggest something![/li] [/ul]Statistics[ul]
[li]Princeton Review (T, E, P)[/li][</em>]Barron’s
[/ul]U.S. History[ul]
[<em>]AMSCO
[</em>]REA Crash Course
[/ul]World History[ul]
[*]Princeton Review (T, E, P) [/ul]</p>

<p>Thanks for your input on my thread, WannaBYalie! I'll definitely look into your AP Euro suggestions.</p>

<p>AP Music Theory</p>

<p>The Practice of Harmony by Peter Spencer - Amazon.com:</a> The Practice of Harmony: Peter Spencer: Books</p>

<p>AP French Language</p>

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<p>Textbooks-</p>

<p>Biology:
Biology by Neil Campbell (Amazon.com:</a> Biology AP Edition (9780805367775): Neil A. Campbell, Jane B. Reece: Books)</p>

<p>English Literature and Composition:
Norton Introduction to Literature (Amazon.com:</a> The Norton Introduction to Literature (Shorter Edition) (9780393926156): Alison Booth, J. Paul Hunter, Kelly J. Mays: Books)</p>

<p>Music Theory:
The Elements of Music: Concepts and Applications, Vol. I (Amazon.com:</a> The Elements of Music: Concepts and Applications, Vol. I (9780070654747): Ralph Turek: Books)</p>

<p>Review Books-</p>

<p>English Literature and Composition:
CliffsAP (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/English-Literature-Composition-Cliffs-AP/dp/0764586866/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262030711&sr=1-1%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.amazon.com/English-Literature-Composition-Cliffs-AP/dp/0764586866/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262030711&sr=1-1&lt;/a&gt;)&lt;/p>

<p>@082349: Oh wow, I spent all this time and there was already a list :P Oh well, I think the list that has so far been constructed is a bit more complete- thanks guys!! And in regards to your new suggestions, those are excellent. Good structure to your list as well, I like it. Thanks for the help!</p>

<p>@leadlol: Good suggestions, did you self-study lit and comp? I am planning on doing so this year, and will buy your suggestions! </p>

<p>@sheep_disturber: you're welcome! Those tend to be the most recommended books, and the books I am currently using. I really enjoy Viault's book, very easy to read.</p>

<p>@keasbey nights: I'm glad you added suggestions for music theory! I don't think there has been much discussion on that AP as far as self-study materials (I could be wrong since I haven't actually taken the exam, but I haven't seen much discussion myself). </p>

<p>Great list so far everyone!</p>

<p>WannaBYalie, although I've never taken AP Music Theory, I've tutored a number of students in it. I go to an arts magnet school as a music major, and I know a great deal of music theory. Take it from me - the Spencer book is the way to go. It teaches everything about music theory, from literally reading music to part-writing to 20th-century serialism.</p>

<p>@WannaBYalie:</p>

<p>Nope, I'm taking it as a class. It's the textbook that our school uses, and the review book is the one I'm getting. =D
Hope self-studying goes well for you!</p>

<p>Do you need a text for Psych?</p>

<p>@ Bassir: No, a textbook is not necessary for psych. Barron's is enough. </p>

<p>@leadlol: Thanks for the textbook rec! I didn't really know where to start on that AP. I'm still considering whether or not I will take it. </p>

<p>@Keasbey Nights: Sounds like a good recommendation to me :) Thanks for the post!</p>

<p>I have Myers, seems to me a bit superfluous.</p>

<p>AP US HISTORY:</p>

<p><a href="http://www.apexamreview.com%5B/url%5D"&gt;www.apexamreview.com&lt;/a> - simulation exams + textbook outlines.</p>

<p>Great site for APUSH, thanks killer2021!</p>

<p>A good company for cheap, used textbooks is textbooksrus.com</p>