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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.

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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.
Jennifer Henderson
"An Incomplete Education" was first published in 1987, but this book has been completely updated, making it tremendously useful. Arranged around college departments, it strives to fill in learning gaps in American studies, art history, economics, film, literature, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, science, and world history. Authors Jones and Wilson reacquaint readers with the essence of complex issues, controversial personalities, and current political trends in a lively, enticing manner. They grab your intellect with flashing wit while discussing topics as wide ranging as "what you need to know if you're dating an Ethiopian" ; Shintoism, "the Hammacher-Schlemmer of Eastern religions" ; and differences between symbiosis, synapse, and synergy. Can't keep those French monarchs straight? Check out the "Louis, Louis" list for insights into the lives and loves of rulers XIII to XVI. Whether you're pondering the relevance of "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," opera through the ages, or aspects of fauvism, this book is an invaluable reference.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345391377
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 685
  • Product dimensions: 7.71 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.57 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    Too many references for me, but a must-have nonetheless

    This is one refreshing refresher! Intended to 'Fill the potholes in one's education,' it is humorous enough to keep you chuckling (especially if you get the infinate number of references), and to-the-point enough to make for an excellent quick-reference. If you're like me, however, have a dictionary and encyclopedia handy while reading this behemoth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2003

    Simply a great resource!

    The authors of An Incomplete Education have done a wonderful job with this book. The writing style is humorous, but it still gets information (ranging from almost-necessary to trivial) across in a way that sticks. If you have a library of any kind, I would recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2000

    Harvard's Cheat Sheet

    As an 18 year old student, I must say that this book is immensely helpful. I am in an International Baccalaureate program (for the unknowing, think an all-AP schedule, plus a few extra 3,000-word papers), and I have used this book repeatedly to understand some obscure English reference, to fatten up a report with some extra references, or just to learn - again- about human evolution, psychology, or the parts of an orchestra. Most important, however, is the smartmouth tone it maintains throughout. The authors of AIE write so well that I actually found myself reading this book for pleasure. This book is priceless. I would recommend it for high school, college, and graduate level students the country over. For very little cash, you can give a graduate- recent or not- a valuable tool for learning.

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