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An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but Probably Didn't Kindle Edition
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“AN ASTONISHING AMOUNT OF INFORMATION.”
–The New York Times
“IT IS PRECISELY THE BOOK THAT I’VE ALWAYS WANTED WITHOUT KNOWING THAT I ALWAYS WANTED IT. . . . It’s for people who have huge gaps in their knowledge of specific areas of culture and intellectual history. . . . Cheerfully, subversively anti-academic.”
–Jon Carrol, San Francisco Chronicle
“MEMORIZE THIS BOOK AND YOU CAN DROP NAMES, ALLUSIONS, AND ARCANE TERMS WITH THE BEST OF THEM, whether you (or they) know what they’re talking about. . . . The book will rekindle warm memories of your favorite courses, favorite professors, favorite books, favorite theories, favorite philosophical paradoxes.”
“RUSH TO YOUR NEAREST BOOKSTORE AND BUY An Incomplete Education. . . . [It] brings you 10,000 years of information. Imagine the power of knowing where Watteau went when the lights went out!”
–New York Daily News
“ARTICULATE AND IRREVERENT, crammed with facts, figures, drawings, definitions, and historic information sufficient to fill your every gap. . . . Judy Jones and William Wilson . . . tell you everything you should’ve learned but didn’t.
“THIS BOOK GETS AN A+.”
–The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B000S1LE3I
- Publisher : Ballantine Books; 3rd ed. edition (July 20, 2009)
- Publication date : July 20, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 20914 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 941 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #194,760 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I enjoyed making my way through these almost random facts and remembering when they were first introduced to me and by whom. It is also interesting to take note of my initial reaction and my current concepts after almost 80 years of living with them forgotten in the basement of my life.
I suppose the surprise was that education and facts provide only the bare skeleton for living. The flesh of life comes from our interaction with friends, family and nature.
Top reviews from other countries
What I will complain about though is that I can't trust the facts . Being Canadian, I flipped with interest to the section on Canadian politics. It says we have a party called the Progressive Democrats, also referred to as Red Tories. (for non-Canadians reading this: this is not accurate, the party was (the book is a few years old) called the Progressive Conservatives, and red tories are members of this centre-right party who lean more towards the left. Small detail but if they couldn't fact check Canada - when we speak the same language and live right next door - then how can I believe the facts in the section on Cambodia?
If there was a more credible book that does the same thing as this one I would buy it instead, but I don't know that such a book exists. This one is fun to read if you can get past the guy talk.