The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know

E. D. Hirsch, Joseph F. Kett


In this fast paced info age, how can american citizens be aware of what is particularly very important and what is only a passing type? Now greater than ever, we'd like a resource that concisely sums up the data that concerns to american citizens -- the folk, locations, principles, and occasions that form our cultural dialog. With greater than six thousand entries,The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy is that priceless source.
instant know-how. Gene remedy. NAFTA. as well as the millions of phrases defined within the unique Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, listed below are greater than new entries to deliver americans' financial institution of crucial wisdom brand new. the unique entries were absolutely revised to mirror contemporary adjustments in international historical past and politics, American literature, and, specifically, technological know-how and know-how. Cultural icons that experience stood the attempt of time (Odysseus, Leaves of Grass, Cleopatra, the Taj Mahal, D-Day) look along entries on such assorted issues as cryptography, the electronic divide, the ecu Union, Kwanzaa, pheromones, unsolicited mail, style A and sort B personalities, internet browsers, and masses, a lot more.
As our global turns into extra worldwide and interconnected, it grows smaller during the phrases and touchstones that unite us. As E. D. Hirsch writes within the preface, "Community is outfitted up of shared wisdom and values -- an identical shared wisdom that's taken with no consideration once we learn a e-book or newspaper, and that's additionally taken without any consideration as a part of the cloth that connects us to 1 another." A scrumptious concoction of knowledge for an individual who desires to be within the be aware of, the recent Dictionary of Cultural Literacy brilliantly confirms once more that it's "an very good piece of labor . . . stimulating and enlightening" (New York occasions) -- the main definitive and complete relations sourcebook of its kind.

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