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While A Guide to Organic Chemistry Mechanisms and A Guide to Organic Chemistry Mechanisms, with Conventional Curved Arrows emphasize how to learn, A Handbook of Organic Chemistry Mechanisms is simply a reference book. The layout and objectives of the prior books made it awkward to introduce proximate explanations. This book is not limited in that manner. Thus, a clearer narrative describing many principles and nuances are given. While I believe your memory is improved by the concentration required in answering the leading questions, this book uses a narrative style and may be more easily followed.

The objective of this book is to be a reference source. The mechanisms and products of the reactions are the same. Since students told me the mechanisms were easier to understand when written with pre-bonds, they have been retained. Because I believe that students can learn and understand better when they recognize patterns and principles, the reactions are organized by reaction mechanisms. The reactions within a chapter or on the same or next page, will be mechanistically similar. Therefore, even if you only wish to use the book as a reference, the chemistry is written so that it will be easier to detect similarities and differences in reactions.