An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn't
Judy Jones, William Wilson
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.
Baronets Knights The Gentry Esquires Gentlemen And So On Yeomen The Clergy: Keeping Them—You Should Pardon The Expression—Straight Rector Vicar Parson Curate Beadle The Drinks: What to Serve with the Oysters, the Soup, the Fish, the Savoury, the Game, the Trifle, and the Cigar Upstairs Claret Port Hock Sack Sherry Madeira Sauterne Tokay Negus Mead Downstairs Beer Bitter Porter Stout Grog Gin The Carriages: Wheels of Fortune Phaeton Curricle.
Henry Purcell (1659–1695) The Day the Music Died: Atonality, Twelve-Tone Theory, and Such Tunebusters Beyond BAY-toe-v'n and MOAT-sart Opera for Philistines: 350 Years of Opera at a Glance The Italians The Germans The French The English The Russians The Czechs The Americans Eleven Arias to Sing in the Shower: Bring Your Own Soap Tosca (Puccini), act 2, "Vissi d'arte" Rigoletto (Verdi), act 3, "La donna è mobile" Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), act 3, "Spargi d'amaro.
The Sarajevo Assassination The Spanish Civil War Dien Bien Phu Lexicon In the Beginning Was the Prefix Who's on Top? Who's for Real? Which Came First? How Big? Which Half? To What Degree? Where Do We Go from Here? Distinctions Worth Making (Or at Least Being in a Position to Make) affect and effect anxious and eager assume and presume authentic and genuine canonical, catholic, ecclesiastical, ecumenical, evangelical, and liturgical compleat and complete compose and.
Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) Rembrandt Van Rijn (1606–1669) Claude Monet (1840–1926) Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) The Leonardo/Michelangelo Crib Sheet Practical Italian for the Gallery-Goer Six –isms, One –ijl, and Dada: Your Personal Guide to European Art Movements Between 1900 and Hitler Fauvism Expressionism Cubism Futurism Constructivism De Stijl ("The Style") Dada Surrealism Thirteen Young Turks Jackson Pollock (1912–1956) Mark Rothko.
(1903–1970) Willem De Kooning (1904–1997) David Smith (1906–1965) Andrew Wyeth (1917–) Robert Rauschenberg (1925–); Jasper Johns (1930–) Andy Warhol (1928–1987) Frank Stella (1936–) Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1935–, 1935–) Laurie Anderson (1947–) Julian Schnabel (1951–) Matthew Barney (1967–) Raiders of the Lost Architecture: A Sprinter's Guide to the Greek Temple and the Gothic Cathedral Real-Estate Investment for the Aesthete Five Modern Styles The International Style Brutalism.