Which book to read the summer before starting Physics?

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I'm starting my 1st year of Physics at university in September.

Although I've learnt a lot of single variable Calculus and various topics of Physics this year, I'd like to get a general overview of the topics touched in a 1st Physics course at uni.

I just wonder if there's an equivalent to those Calculus books like "Calculus made easy" but for Physics, something that gives you a shallow overview of the subject in no more than a few hundred pages, but still gives you an introduction.
 

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The Feynman lectures would be a good place for a nice overview, I think. They're hosted for free on Caltech's website.
 
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Alonso and Finn: Fundamentals of University Physics. The author gives a very thorough explanation on the physics ideas. He knows how to tie everything together. The problems can be quite challenging. These books can be considered a good supplementary to the upper division courses.
 

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