An Incomplete Education

An Incomplete Education

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by Judy Jones
     
 

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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

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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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Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345400543
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Edition description:
REV

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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An Incomplete Education: From Plato's Cave to Planck's Constant...Einstein to Gertrude Stein...Twelfth Night to Twelve-Tone Theory...Half-Life to the 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Sloth-SHS65 More than 1 year ago
I am typically drawn to these tid-bit style books. I enjoy reading useless and sometimes entertaining bits and pieces. So with that proclivity, I was given this as a gift. While it has it's moments this is basically disjointed, disorganized and uninteresting. A lot of what appears in here is opinion based. I don't read these type of books for opinion. This is like a "best of" list book in parts. I don't care to read someone else's opinion on insignificant things. I cannot urge anyone to buy this mess.
CosMcKidd More than 1 year ago
I really like the book. I think the author's sense of humor is fun. Obviously the book doesn't cover every subject in great detail but it certainly opened my mind to new concepts and gave me enough information to do my own study in greater depth on the subjects I found interesting. I bought this book in anticipation of being on a quiz show. I didn't make the cut for the show but I was very pleased with the new things I learned from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I attended one of the best colleges in the country, one that is known for its so-called Common Core Curriculum, which should have educated all of us in the basics. Somehow I still managed to lack tons of information that I think that an educated person should know. I ran across this book and read about a tenth of it. That was enough to make me want to buy it, which I am doing today. I read the review from the reviewer who accused the writers of being homophobic and focusing on this aspect of their personalities in an unfair way. In the roughly tenth of the book that I have read, I found no mention at all of homosexuality of any kind, and suspect that the reviewer has a bit of a chip on his shoulder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very well written to be easy and fun to read in small bites, a good conversation starter.
scrtwpn More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was addicting the amount of information they were throwing at you. They make it easy to skip around to topics that interest you most. The authors actually have a sense of humor which makes for absorbing all this information a little easier and entertaining. I would have liked for a little more detail and more clarification on some issues. Sometimes it did seem like the authors expect you to already have common knowledge on certain subjects which made their explanation a little confusing. But otherwise, I appreciated how the authors compared what you learned in high school to what you should have learned instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here as rebels you are chosing to not stand for the rituals of wereclan you may help your self in the forest an when you arrive your tree hut will be furbished an built.....Rebela the leader of rebels out!"*dissapears as her hologram an note is left*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, a lot of harsh criticism of this book. The original 1987 edition was in my family's library when I was a child, and I have fond memories of perusing through this book enough that I probably read the whole thing 2 or 3 times in small doses at a time. Even being that young, I could tell this book has a strongly humorous bent and doesn't take itself too seriously, and neither should the reader. It's not designed to be a heavy-duty, ultra authoritative compendium of human culture. That said, it does offer a lot of interesting tidbits of knowledge (and opinion) to casual readers. It won't turn anybody into a scholar,  it's just meant to be a fun book that can help give a reader a little bit of well-roundedness if they can read it with some objectivity. Because of this book, I have had a handy and easy-to-read reference point for learning a little bit about philosophy, film history, etc. Lighten up, folks. And please remember, the key word here is "incomplete". I think some reviewers here have set the bar way too high.  
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General info for a rainy day read! Do not need to sit down and read at one sitting!
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MercerLaw96 More than 1 year ago
Not as comprehensive as I had hoped (and too "preachy" on some points). Could have been better organized and given a broader view of the areas it purports to cover.
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