This reference book is a fabulous compendium of descriptive chemistry and examples illustrating an extensive list of trends across the periodic table. Chapters include: the quantum mechanical basis of the periodic table, vertical trends for the s and p block elements, horizontal and diagonal trends for the s and p block elements, isoelectronic and isostoichiometric relationships, transition elements, lanthanides, and actinides. I have used this book as a reference to write numerous problem set and exam questions and in-class examples. I particularly like the strong connection to quantum chemistry and atomic orbitals, useful for any level of college chemistry. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-850108. $64.95 for paperback, 400 pages.