AP® U.S. Government & Politics Crash Course Book + Online (Advanced Placement (AP) Crash Course)

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  • arguably the best prep book available for AP U.S. Gov’t
  • simplifies the processes of focusing on only the content most necessary for a high score
  • includes a number of extremely helpful “key facts” chapters that practically guarantee at least passing the exam

The concept of a “crash course” and comprehensiveness should feel like an oxymoron when paired up. But this AP Government prep book manages to wed the two toward the advantage of busy yet ambitious students. At under 200 well-organized and clearly written pages, Crash Course gets across what’s needed to master the exam without wasting space on superfluous facts or purple prose. Consider Crash Course to be a cash cow of bankable strategies for those wanting to make a high score their congressional right.

Author Larry Krieger devotes this slim but meaty volume to the core facts, and only those facts, that will lead to triumph come exam day. Crash Course overflows with “Test Tips” that condense the latest exam and curriculum trends into memorable facts and bytes that clarify key concepts and processes that make the difference between a 3 and a 4/5 score. And it’s particularly reassuring how the book makes room for a full five chapters of just key terms, themes and facts, the memorizing of which practically passes the reader’s hopes of surviving the exam into law.

Crash Course: AP U.S. Government is sound and trustworthy enough to be used as a sole preparation source, with or without the benefit of classroom instruction. Rare among prep books, this title deserves a filibuster of praise for its value.