Understanding the mechanisms of the reactions at transition metal sites is a key component in designing synthetic methods, developing industrial homogeneous catalysts, and investigating metalloenzymes. This much-needed text provides an introduction to the subject. Unlike other texts currently on the market, which are written for the advanced student or practicing researcher, this book serves as a broad-based, systematic guide through the fundamentals of transition metal mechanistic chemistry. Topics include substitution, electron transfer, oxidative addition, activation of ligands, and insertion reactions. Students and teachers of inorganic chemistry will welcome this systematic, introductory treatment of the subject.