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Answering questions about the film industry, this work takes listeners on a tour of English poetry, and gives them a handle on 350 years of opera with incomparable wit, style, clarity, and brevity. Here is all the crucial information on these subjects, distilled to its essence and served up with the consummate flair. Simultaneous release with the Ballantine hardcover reissue.

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Overview

Answering questions about the film industry, this work takes listeners on a tour of English poetry, and gives them a handle on 350 years of opera with incomparable wit, style, clarity, and brevity. Here is all the crucial information on these subjects, distilled to its essence and served up with the consummate flair. Simultaneous release with the Ballantine hardcover reissue.

Answering questions about the film industry, this work takes listeners on a tour of English poetry, and gives them a handle on 350 years of opera with incomparable wit, style, clarity, and brevity. Here is all the crucial information on these subjects, distilled to its essence and served up with the consummate flair. Simultaneous release with the Ballantine hardcover reissue.

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The current emphasis on cultural literacy and the first edition's popularity (LJ 6/1/87) induced an update of this fascinating refresher course of core curriculum subjects. Two freelance writers, aided by several contributors, cover in bite-sized portions some "essentials" for an educated person. The treatment of 12 disciplines is au courant, sometimes irreverent and cynical, but substantially reliable, helping the authors achieve their purpose-to provide an entertaining invitation to information that has inspired and/or confused us over the years. While some topics, e.g., American studies and art history, are only slightly revised from the 1987 edition, coverage in science and political science is updated or new. One of the most successful chapters treats in a novel approach the culture, history, and geopolitics of 18 countries. Not strictly for the reference collection, this book can be profitably read by people of widely different age groups who may approach its contents selectively. An excellent layout with numerous photos and illustrations adds to the overall appeal.-Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679447795
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/17/1995
  • Series: Audio Books
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 4.43 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Jones is a freelance writer who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. William Wilson was also a freelance writer. Wilson went to Yale and Jones to Smith, but both have maintained that they got their real educations in the process of writing this book. William Wilson died in 1999.


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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Revised Edition ix
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 American Studies 2
Chapter 2 Art History 62
Chapter 3 Economics 120
Chapter 4 Film 146
Chapter 5 Literature 184
Chapter 6 Music 264
Chapter 7 Philosophy 302
Chapter 8 Political Science 338
Chapter 9 Psychology 416
Chapter 10 Religion 450
Chapter 11 Science 490
Chapter 12 World History 554
Lexicon 620
Index 663
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