Dealing with the intermolecular Diels-Alder reaction, this book focuses on one of the reactants, the diene. The first chapter deals with the fundamental principles of the reaction. The remaining five chapters describe the salient features of the different classes of dienes and report a great deal of tabulated data and literary references. In the tables, the dienes and dienophiles are ordered in such a way that the reader can easily find the dienophile and the cycloaddition reactions which are of interest to him or her. The book should be a valuable tool for students and for academic and industrial researchers working in the field of organic synthesis.