Summer 2016 - This class is easy, but not straightforward. At first, I thought I would dislike the class since Wingert has his fair share of dry lectures. It didn't help that if you take it in the summer, lectures are 3 hours each. At the start of the quarter, Wingert asserts that he mostly gives out B's and C's. The grade distributions on Bruinwalk say otherwise, but it doesn't really matter. Just do the work, memorize a timeline of like ~30 dates, and make sure to actually revise your papers. It's a pretty chill class so don't stress as long as you follow the syllabus. However, Wingert does randomly switch up things, like doing a surprise pop quiz or giving you a study guide that is completely different than what the midterm/final will be. As for the book, it helps to read it but its not necessary. It's like 7 dollars anyways if you want to learn some neat stuff about Jerusalem.