This Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds by Ernest L. Eliel and Samuel H. Wilen is still the single best book for learning stereochemistry, which is one of the most fundamental aspects of organic structure and synthesis, and it became an instant classic when it was first published in the 60s. Stereochemistry is a topic that comes up again and again in an important manner no matter what kind of research in chemistry you are doing.
Ernest Eliel was probably the foremost expert in stereochemistry of his time, and even now, there is nothing which compares with Stereochemistry of Organic Compoundsbook. Luckily, he has updated it periodically. It now includes an excellent section on stereoselective synthesis, which drives research in both academics and industry. The earlier chapters on the stereochemistry of acyclic and cyclic systems (especially six membered rings) are updated and still remain the clearest explanations of conformation and reactivity that I have seen.
They contain very basic and extremely important concepts which drive the reactivity of organic molecules in any reaction, including those in biological systems. I have this Stereochemistry of Organic Compounds book on my shelf for six years now, and so do most of my professors. And we find that no matter what kind of reesearch question we are pondering, we often keep coming back to 'Eliel'. An indispensable reference.
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Ernest L. Eliel (Author), Samuel H. Wilen (Author) | Paperback: 1267 pages | Publisher: Wiley-Interscience