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.
Document Outline Cover Copyright page Acknowledgments Contents Introduction to the First Revised Edition, July 1994 Introduction to the Original Edition, March 1986 1 American Studies American Literature 101: A First-Semester Syllabus Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) Washington Irving (1783–1859) James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851) Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) Herman Melville (1819–1891) Mark Twain (1835–1910) The Beat Goes On: A Hundred Years' Worth of Modern American Poetry The Five Big Deals Ezra Pound (1885–1972) T. S. (Thomas Sterns) Eliot (1888–1965) William Carlos Williams (1883–1963) Robert Frost (1874–1963) Wallace Stevens (1879–1955) The Five Runners-Up Marianne Moore (1887–1972) John Crowe Ransom (1888–1974) E. E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894–1962) Hart Crane (1899–1932) Robert Lowell
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
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