Review by Jeorge
When I was in high school, back in the eighties, the big event each year for math students (aside from the ARML competition) was the AHSME, or American High School Mathematics Examination.
Since then the competition has undergone some changes, including a change of name; it is now called the American Mathematics Competition, or AMC.
Another change is that the competition now permits the use of calculators (as of 1994).
Thus, the types of problems you will find in the 1995 - 2000 Contest Problem Book are different from previous years' books, since now problems must be written in such a way that they do not become trivial when approached with a calculator.
The forward of the book gives an example of a problem which, when tackled with a graphing calculator, appears at a glance to have one solution, but when approached by more "conventional" means, gives a different solution.
For students who are preparing for the AMC, this contest problem book provides a close approximation of the kinds of problems currently given in the AMC.
For teachers, this is a great resource of extra problems for students to tackle. Particularly, keeping in mind that the problems get progressively harder in each competition, using problems from the end of the competition will give a challenge to the very best students.
Rating by Jeorge