An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn't
Judy Jones, William Wilson
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When it was originally published in 1987, An Incomplete Education became a surprise bestseller. Now this instant classic has been completely updated, outfitted with a whole new arsenal of indispensable knowledge on global affairs, popular culture, economic trends, scientific principles, and modern arts. Here’s your chance to brush up on all those subjects you slept through in school, reacquaint yourself with all the facts you once knew (then promptly forgot), catch up on major developments in the world today, and become the Renaissance man or woman you always knew you could be!
How do you tell the Balkans from the Caucasus? What’s the difference between fission and fusion? Whigs and Tories? Shiites and Sunnis? Deduction and induction? Why aren’t all Shakespearean comedies necessarily thigh-slappers? What are transcendental numbers and what are they good for? What really happened in Plato’s cave? Is postmodernism dead or just having a bad hair day? And for extra credit, when should you use the adjective continual and when should you use continuous?
An Incomplete Education answers these and thousands of other questions with incomparable wit, style, and clarity. American Studies, Art History, Economics, Film, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Science, and World History: Here’s the bottom line on each of these major disciplines, distilled to its essence and served up with consummate flair.
In this revised edition you’ll find a vitally expanded treatment of international issues, reflecting the seismic geopolitical upheavals of the past decade, from economic free-fall in South America to Central Africa’s world war, and from violent radicalization in the Muslim world to the crucial trade agreements that are defining globalization for the twenty-first century. And don’t forget to read the section A Nervous American’s Guide to Living and Loving on Five Continents before you answer a personal ad in the International Herald Tribune.
As delightful as it is illuminating, An Incomplete Education packs ten thousand years of culture into a single superbly readable volume. This is a book to celebrate, to share, to give and receive, to pore over and browse through, and to return to again and again.
(Milan) Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London) Staatsoper (Vienna) Festspielhaus (Bayreuth, Germany) L'Opéra National (Paris) Metropolitan Opera House (New York) A Night at the Opera: Manners and Morals for the MTV Generations 1. Memorize the plot before you go 2. Bring a libretto 3. Don't clap until the people around you do 4. Go ahead and voice your enthusiasm 5. Don't spend a lot of time worrying about what to wear 6. Dont choose Wagner your first time out 7 Philosophy
Goodman (1911–1972) Norman Mailer (1923–) Noam Chomsky (1928–) Susan Sontag (1933–2004) And Eight People Who, American or Not, Had Ideas Whose Time, It Seemed at the Time, Had Come Marshall McLuhan (1911–1980) R. Buckminster Fuller (1895–1983) Kate Millett (1934–) Malcolm X (1925–1965) Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928–1967) Hunter S. Thompson (1939–2005) Wilhelm Reich (1897–1957) George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1874–1949) Family Feud: A Brief History of American Political Parties
Golgotha Five Familiar Characters Who Won't Stay Put Absalom Ishmael Job Susanna Mary Magdalen Four Pairs of Groups Who Keep Stepping on Each Other's Toes Apostles and Disciples Seraphim and Cherubim Pharisees and Sadducees Assyrians and Babylonians Seven People Not to Bother Sharing Your Old God-Spelled-Backward Insight With Karl Barth (Swiss, Calvinist, 1886–1968) Paul Tillich (German Emigrant to the United States, Lutheran, 1886–1965) Rudolf Bultmann (German, Lutheran,
Selection, and Why You May Have Been Feeling Stressed Out and Paranoid Lately Ten Burning Questions in the History of Science Were The Ancients Really Scientists or Did They Just Make Some Lucky Guesses? Is It True That the Arabs Kept Science Alive During the Middle Ages, While Europe Slumbered? Did Galileo Really Drop a Couple of Lead Weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Thereby Proving Something or Other? Did Newton Really Watch an Apple Fall—And If So, So What? (And If Not, So
Baker v. Carr (1962) Miranda v. Arizona (1966) A Book Named John Cleland's "Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure" v. Massachusetts (1966) Furman v. Georgia (1972) Roe v. Wade (1973) University of California Regents v. Allan Bakke (1978) 2 Art History Ten Old Masters Giotto (Giotto Di Bondone) (c. 1266–c. 1337) Masaccio (Tommaso Di Ser Giovanni Di Mone) (1401–1428?) Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) (1483–1520) Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (1477–1576) El Greco (Domenicos Theotocopoulos) (1541–1614)