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A Consumer's Guide to Twenty Philosophers. Whats the differnce between a Barouche a Brougham and a Landau? Nov 21, Deirdre is currently reading it. Refresh and try again. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I agree with the other reviewer that anything you don't know will take you several re-reads to get it down pat.
I got this out as a library loan, so I ended up on a strict schedule of at least 20 pages a day. It's probably much better to have this around as a reference book, but don't let that stop you from doing a thorough first reading!
I learned a bit about nineteenth century America poets, I enjoyed a labeled drawing of the architectural components of Gothic churches, I added classic films to my Netflix queue, I laughed and learned quite a bit from the section entitled, "A Bedside Companion to the Nineteenth-Century English Novel"; included were breakdowns of topographical references such as moors, copses, dales, glades, and shires; and a breakdown of Britain's aristocratic system.
The music chapter included a great introduction to opera. Philosopher bios, briefs on the state of affairs of about twenty countries, overviews of various international agreements and organizations, maps, Freud, his hangers-on, comparison of 10 different versions of the Bible, in chart form, chaos theory, string theory, a humanoid family tree Ardipithecus ramidus set off quite the little shitstorm by a certain Mr.
Leakey ,so so so much. Definitely made me feel smarter, and stronger, because it's about a ten pound book. Oct 11, Kaylee rated it it was amazing. I loved this book! My parents gave it to me when I graduated college and it had been following me around ever since all two pounds of it.
Broken into manageable sections with just about every topic you'd want to know more about, this massive tome of a book is full of interesting tidbits as well as the facts everyone should know. The writing is conversational, without being dumbed down, and the information is well-chosen. I read it precisely the way they don't recommend reading it: I actually thought it was a fabulous read that way, but was content to devote myself to no other books while reading this -- and taking my time so that some of this actually sunk in.
The content is considerably outdated, there is far too much emphasis on American culture, and it simply was not that interesting. It's an interesting browse if you want to figure out what you don't know, but drop it once you find a subject and look up a more comprehensive book on that field. I also knew most of the information contained in the science section from my High School and College education Aug 28, Bouchra Rebiai rated it it was ok Shelves: I was really looking forward to reading this book, and was excited when I began.
I knew that it would take some time due to its length, but I didn't expect to be so disappointed in it. It's divided into 12 chapters, plus a lexicon at the end. The chapters are: I'm going to share my thoughts on each below. American Studies: I understand this book is wri I was really looking forward to reading this book, and was excited when I began.
I understand this book is written primarily for an American audience, so I was okay with it. I learned some things about history too, so it was cool. Art History: I've always had trouble with art - I like beautiful paintings, but I'm not the kind of person who can tell what is painted by Picasso or by a no-name artist. This chapter had some useful information about the major artists and their most important - not most famous - works. It was good to learn a bit about this quite important subject.
Perhaps because this was a more academic view of film and put a great deal of emphasis on film history. As a voracious contemporary books reader, I surprised myself last year when I discovered that I really enjoyed reading Shakespeare and Austen as much as I enjoyed reading The Hunger Games.
This chapter was cool, because we get to know more about some of the major works and authors out there. But the coolest was a handy list of British terms used in 19th century literature with explanations, for example: I don't listen much to music, and I've never listened to people like Beethoven and Mozart. I've never been to an orchestra. Nevertheless, this chapter was okay, I managed to learn some new things. So I was expecting a lot out of this chapter.
It didn't fulfill my expectations, but it did increase my knowledge slightly. The best part was Rating The Thinkers: A Consumer's Guide to Twenty Philosophers. Political Science: Up until I started reading this chapter, I liked this book to some extent. Notice how it says Five Continents , and keep this in mind while reading the list of the countries mentioned: Although this list comprises 5 continents, it hardly covers all the different cultures represented.
I would've settled for a shorter version of these [insert country name] s if they managed to include more countries. In fact, I would've been happier if I were to learn at least 5 facts - and not the usual encyclopedic stereotypical ones - about every country on Earth. So what the writers are basically saying is that one should learn about Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico, but it's okay for one not to know anything about Algeria, Sri Lanka, and Suriname. Why this discrimination? At first, I thought, okay, maybe these countries are more important in some way or other than the rest of the world.
However, there are plenty of other well-known countries that aren't mentioned, for example, India, Egypt, and the UK. Since this is written by Americans for an American audience, it just reinforces the worldwide view of Americans as people who don't care to learn except about a bunch of countries. I'm not an American, but I have quite a few American friends, and I'm pretty sure not all Americans are like that, but then I watch videos on YouTube about these topics and I'm forced to think of my friends as outliers.
At this point in the book, I couldn't wait for it to end so I could rant about this. XD Psychology: Given my recent interest in the psychology of everything, I was looking forward to this chapter, but after my disappointment with the previous chapter, I wasn't expecting much.
It was okay, but chock-full of complex information presented poorly. I think I'll stick to the popular books in the subject. I know most of the people out there don't know much about Islam and that it's quite a weird religion to most people, but it is a known fact that even if you read Wikipedia, you'll get some sort of vague picture about it.
Unfortunately, the writers of this book seem to have been doing their research in the wrong places, because they even got a pillar - Islam is based on five pillars, five things that every Muslim should do no matter what sect they belong to - of Islam wrong. Zakat , the fourth pillar - not the fifth as this book claims - is sort of like a tax that wealthy people have to pay.
It's quite complex, and as a normal person, I only know the rules that apply to paper money, gold, and silver. With regards to each, there is a certain threshold one should hit, called the nisab - Once you have money, gold, or silver, that has exceeded the nisab , then you have to determine the amount of time you've had it for. If one lunar year, the hawl , has passed from the day you first had this amount of money, gold, or silver, then you have to pay zakat.
Zakat is 2. First of all, you look at the nisab of silver.
Today, it's value is That's 2. This isn't giving alms, which the book claims is the fifth pillar. Yes, you give zakat to the poor, but there are specific types of people it can be given to.
And the fifth pillar is the hajj , the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, anyway. At this point I was seriously pissed because it was clear that the writers weren't doing their job properly. Couldn't they consult an Islam book written by Muslims?
I skimmed through this chapter a lot, because it repeated a lot ideas from high school Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. A couple of things I didn't know about were Boolean Algebra, and the ancestors of humans - my courses focused on today's humans instead of yesterday's ones. P What would've added to this chapter is little blurbs on different scientists.
It would've been interesting. World History: Another chapter that pissed me off. But of course, those are the important nations, aren't they? Forget about the rest of the world and their history, those billions of people are irrelevant. All in all, it was an okay book, because I did learn a few things from it, after all. However, I don't recommend it to anybody who wants to further their education - as the writers claim to have gotten their proper education through writing this book.
Nov 24, Aggie rated it it was amazing. I read this book after college and always find it an interesting book to flip through for interesting things we all "should know". Oct 21, Rick Sam rated it liked it Shelves: This book would give you a tour of authors from the West in Liberal arts.
It's a repertoire of facts. Basically an outline of Western Liberal education. I appreciated Literary and Poetry chapters. I never took literature or poetry classes. I would recommend this to high-schoolers or someone who skipped education.
Deus Vult, Gottfried. This review is of the first edition This is a great book for reminding the reader of the things they learned in high school and college. It is also pretty good at teaching you the things that you should have learned. So, it really does as it promises -- fills in the gaps in your education. That said, it in itself is incomplete, but that is probably how it must be. Some sections give short shrift to various subject areas and really don't give the reader enough information at all.
For example, thi This review is of the first edition This is a great book for reminding the reader of the things they learned in high school and college. For example, this was apparent in the sections on Psychology , which focuses exclusively on analysis and leaves out important formative scholars like Skinner and all social scientific approaches to psych.
However, most chapters give you exactly enough to get the basics of a subject down -- but they are the basics. Which again, is exactly what this book is about.
I agree with the other reviewer that anything you don't know will take you several re-reads to get it down pat. However, getting the fundamentals of whatever subjects you are weak in is easy as the chapters are nicely organized into smaller, clearly marked, fact paragraphs.
Overall, I recommend this book highly for anyone who wants to learn the basics of some subject they do not know or remember the subjects they have forgotten years out of school.
A big, chunky thick book that looks intimidating. There are lots of illustrations.
This is a tongue in cheek, irreverent, humorous attempt to provide an abbreviated college education. Its audience might be those students who stumbled to the podium after a hazy four years of keggers and bongs and were handed a degree and are compelled to ask "What did I learn? A great refresher course, this book is filled with A big, chunky thick book that looks intimidating. A great refresher course, this book is filled with tidbits, trivia and anecdotes. It reminds me somewhat of the Peoples' Almanacs by David Wallechinsky which I devoured as an adolescent.
It took me 3 months to read through this book but then it is meant to be digested in small doses. Nicely organized like a college curriculum, you can skip the stuff you have absolutely no interest in, but given the entertaining style of this book, you might want to read it anyway. The authors might illuminate a subject you had hitherto considered dull and unworthy of your attention.
Jul 11, Joseph rated it liked it. As with many Cliff Notes-type books of this sort, this book excels in its breadth, but lacks in its depth. On some subjects, these seemed more questions raised than answered. Emerson was a great human being, but you wouldn't want to spend time with him??? It is irreverent to the point of being entertaining. And the book is definitely made for browsing as there is much diverse knowledge contained therein and As with many Cliff Notes-type books of this sort, this book excels in its breadth, but lacks in its depth.
And the book is definitely made for browsing as there is much diverse knowledge contained therein and it is unlikely that one would be interested in every single subject matter. At its best, the book acts as a sampler for several books and ideas ranging from history and ideology to literature and science that one may have heard of but never had time to delve into.
It is also a book that one completes over time in small chunks rather than hunkering down and reading over several continuous hours. Mar 13, Christina rated it really liked it Shelves: What a fun book! I didn't read this cover to cover - it isn't one of those books you do that with. Instead, it's one of those books you keep in the bathroom so that you can learn something new every day. Too bad I checked it out from the library. I flipped through and read the parts that interested me.
I even read some topics that weren't necessarily of interest because the writing style is so enjoyable! Some of my favorite sections: I laughed a lot and had to pause and share some with my husband. Jul 29, Brandon rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book is so sweet. It's kind of like a textbook, but written my people who know about pretty much everything and have a sense of humor. It covers things like american studies 12 supreme court decisions worth knowing by name art history six -ism's, one -ijl, and Dada , economics Now, what, exactly, is exonomics, and what do economists do, again?
Twelve ficitonal characters with whom you shou This book is so sweet. Twelve ficitonal characters with whom you should have at least a nodding acquaintance , music eleven arias to sing in the shower , religion bible baedeker: Aug 26, Kesha rated it really liked it Shelves: I was all over the lexicon chapter.
The format of that section along with priceless information was worth the Some odd pages it took to get to that content. The art history was engaging and I like that a variety of artists were explored. I would not classify your education as incomplete if you don't know eac I was all over the lexicon chapter. I would not classify your education as incomplete if you don't know each of the items this book details however it is nice to have a basic knowledge of the broad scope exposed in this book.
This read has encouraged me to truly think about my word choice before it leaves my mouth. Oct 12, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: If my college professors were half this entertaining I would have retained a lot more and maybe wouldn't have had to read this!
Apr 25, Pages Buy. Jul 22, Pages Buy. Apr 25, Pages. Jul 22, Pages. When it was originally published in , 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.
How do you tell the Balkans from the Caucasus? Whigs and Tories? Shiites and Sunnis? Deduction and induction? What are transcendental numbers and what are they good for? 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.
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. From the Hardcover edition.
Judy Jones is a freelance writer who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. William Wilson was also a freelance writer. Wilson… More about Judy Jones. Cheerfully, subversively anti-academic.