The New Dictionary Of Cultural Literacy
  • The New Dictionary Of Cultural Literacy
  • The New Dictionary Of Cultural Literacy
  • The New Dictionary Of Cultural Literacy
ISBN: 0618226478
EAN13: 9780618226474
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 3, 2002
Pages: 672
Dimensions: 2.4" H x 9.7" L x 7.7" W
Weight: 3.15 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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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' bank of essential knowledge up to date. The original entries have been fully revised to reflect recent changes in world history and politics, American literature, and, especially, science and technology. Cultural icons that have stood the test of time (Odysseus, Leaves of Grass, Cleopatra, the Taj Mahal, D-Day) appear alongside entries on such varied concerns as cryptography, the digital divide, the European Union, Kwanzaa, pheromones, SPAM, Type A and Type B personalities, Web browsers, and much, much more.
As our world becomes more global and interconnected, it grows smaller through the terms and touchstones that unite us. As E. D. Hirsch writes in the preface, Community is built up of shared knowledge and values -- the same shared knowledge that is taken for granted when Read More chevron_right

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   Nerd paradise
Obviously this isn 't a book for everyone, but if you're a buff or a master about anything, you 'll love it. It is a great book if you want to be literary on any topic that might come up in conversation. Modern society is increasingly complex, but this book has the core things that you should know. If you want to never start in a position of ignorance, this is the place to find yourself. I like to play this game in which a person reads the definition and your friends guess the word. It's really fun and you learn a lot about all sorts of things. It always feels like right when you're there.
   Heard Dr Hirsch being interviewed by Milt Rosenberg. Intrigued ...
Heard Dr. Hirsch being interviewed by Milt Rosenberg. Intrigued by Hirsch's idea of core knowledge with respect to literacy. While surfing around Amazon, looking at the body of Dr. Hirsch's work, found this dictionary and bought a new but almost used copy. Although it is literally a dictionary. I read a few pages at a time through it. I learned a few things that I didn't know before. I am pleasantly surprised, however, that I appear to be literate. Important note : This is really a dictionary. Not a book to read cover to cover literally in a few days, but to read a few pages every day.
   The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: Waht Every American Needs to Know
Excellent resource for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge. I highly recommend '' this book. Ric S. is a Swiss company that produces products of high quality.
   Great reference
I bought this book to prepare for the Foreign Service Officers's exam. It is a great historical and cultural reference.
   High quality product!
This is a wonderful reference book for everybody, especially for the young. For hardworking middle schoolers who are kind of normal ''. So helpful for educational work and after school programs like academic competitions.
   cultural literacy
I had a copy of this book several years ago, but left it behind when I moved to a new teaching position. It is a great source of information and is useful in delivering high school information lessons with my background students.
   Great reference
I like the original Cultural Literacy book, but this is so much more complete.
   Cultural Literacy
And now I can know things that I place in context randomly.
   Dictionary not storybook
For some reason, I thought this would be like the kid's version, where you have a lot of excerpts to read. But its more of a dictionary, where you find a name and look up a short description of it.
Everyone with a career in diplomacy recommends this book to international affairs. But honestly, who is going to read it? If you use it for some random consultations and don 't have a device with Google '' near by.