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The new dictionary of cultural literacy

Author: E D Hirsch; Joseph F Kett; James Trefil
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Completely rev. and updated, 3rd edView all editions and formats
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"In this fast-paced information age, how can Americans know what's really important and what's just a passing fashion? Now more than ever, we need a source that concisely sums up the knowledge that matters to Americans - the people, places, ideas, and events that shape our cultural conversation. With more than six thousand entries, The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy is that invaluable source. Wireless  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Dictionaries
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: E D Hirsch; Joseph F Kett; James Trefil
ISBN: 0618226478 9780618226474 0965766438 9780965766432
OCLC Number: 50166721
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xix, 647 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The Bible --
Mythology and folklore --
Proverbs --
Idioms --
World literature, philosophy, and religion --
Literature in English --
Conventions of written English --
Fine arts --
World history to 1550 --
World history since 1550 --
American history to 1865 --
American history since 1865 --
World politics --
American politics --
World geography --
American geography --
Anthropology, psychology, and sociology --
Business and economics --
Physical sciences and mathematics --
Earth sciences --
Life sciences --
Medicine and health --
Technology.
Other Titles: Cultural literacy
Responsibility: E.D. Hirsch Jr., Joseph F. Kett, James Trefil.
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"In this fast-paced information age, how can Americans know what's really important and what's just a passing fashion? Now more than ever, we need a source that concisely sums up the knowledge that matters to Americans - the people, places, ideas, and events that shape our cultural conversation. With more than six thousand entries, The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy is that invaluable source. Wireless technology. Gene therapy, NAFTA. In addition to the thousands of terms described in the original Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, here are more than five hundred new entries to bring Americans' essential knowledge bank up to date. Are you familiar with the digital divide, European Union, Kwanzaa, pheromones, Type A and Type B personalities, spam? Or, test your knowledge on cultural icons that have stood the test of time: Odysseus, Leaves of Grass, Cleopatra, Winston Churchill, the Taj Mahal, and many, many more. Numerous original entries have been revised to reflect the many recent changes in world history and politics, American literature, and, especially, science and technology."--Jacket.

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