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World Access: The Handbook for Citizens of the Earth

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The ultimate reference for info-junkies, multiculture vultures, and trivia pursuers. Here's everything you need to know about the history, philosophy, art, literature, politics, and worldview of all the cultures of the world.
United States citizens are becoming citizens of the world. Just look at the front page of any newspaper, the travel schedule of any corporate executive, college curricula, high school reading lists, the advertising and fashion spreads that fill our ...
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Overview

The ultimate reference for info-junkies, multiculture vultures, and trivia pursuers. Here's everything you need to know about the history, philosophy, art, literature, politics, and worldview of all the cultures of the world.
United States citizens are becoming citizens of the world. Just look at the front page of any newspaper, the travel schedule of any corporate executive, college curricula, high school reading lists, the advertising and fashion spreads that fill our magazines, and our computer screens. The global village has arrived. We're all connected.
World Access Is the first reference book guaranteed to fill in the gaps in anyone's incomplete education and provide a great time along the way. Packed with lists, brief biographies, statistics, and much more, this lively volume explores:
  • the history of the world, from ancient Africa to modern China
  • the philosophies of the world, plus what philosophy is, in case you wondered
  • who's worshipping whom, from Jesus to Vishnu
  • art and architecture from hieroglyphics to op art, from Angkor Wat to Chartres cathedral
  • literature from its sparest (the Japanese haiku) to Its most expansive (the Greek epic poem, or would it be Ulysses?)
  • how we act out, from Sophocles to Satyajit Ray to downtown performance art
  • the music of our sphere, from Haydn's symphonies to reggae's beat
  • the top ten languages of the world (not counting English)
  • politics: You say you want a revolution? Or did you want peace in the Middle East?

Cutting-edge and fun to read, rich with facts and art and charts and bite-size nuggets of all kinds, World Access takes us beyond our own borders to the world at large.
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Library Journal
The Petrases, a former TV news producer and a former Foreign Service officer, set out to provide provincial Americans with the basics "of what an educated citizen of the world should or might want to know" about the world outside the borders of the United States. Similar in scope to Judy Jones's Incomplete Education (LJ 10/1/95), the book furnishes historical and current multicultural information in an informal style with occasional offhand statements, e.g., "Bach didn't make big bucks off the sale of copies of his work." Subtopics are arranged within ten subject chapters: history, philosophy, religion, art and architecture, literature, drama and film, music, languages, political geography, and politics. Photographs, maps, information boxes, timelines, and some well-placed trivia lend variety to the text. A continuing theme of America's relationship with international phenomena. Recommended for most public libraries as an addition to their cultural literacy collections.-Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
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The world is getting smaller, and -- you should pardon us, please -- our ignorance is beginning to show! In this day of global politics and international business deals, it is becoming increasingly important for Americans to expand their horizons beyond the borders of their own country. To that end, this entertaining and highly informative guide provides an overview of the philosophies, religions, art and literature, history, and languages of the world. Guaranteed to fill in the gaps in your incomplete education and provide a good time along the way, this book is packed with lists, brief biographies, statistics, and more cutting edge information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684810164
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 6/11/1996
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 1.45 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author


  Ross Petras is the authora of numerous best-selling humor books and has received coverage in a vast array of media, including the New York Times Book Review, People, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal, and more. Ross lives in New Jersey.


  Ross Petras is the authora of numerous best-selling humor books and has received coverage in a vast array of media, including the New York Times Book Review, People, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal, and more. Ross lives in New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
History of the World 9
Philosophy of the World 143
Religions of the World 187
Art & Architecture of the World 223
Literature of the World 301
Drama & Film of the World 377
Music of the World 427
Languages of the World 467
Political Geography of the World 499
Politics of the World 563
Acknowledgments 643
Index 645
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