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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.

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 we read a book or newspaper." A delicious concoction of information for anyone who wants to be in the know, The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy brilliantly confirms once again that it is "an excellent piece of work...stimulating and enlightening" (New York Times) — the most definitive and comprehensive family sourcebook of its kind.

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"It's entertaining, snappily written, extremely handy and reasonably inclusive (although there are bound to be readers who will find issue with Hirsch's well-known conservative ideologies)....Arguments over it will probably not center on its stylistics, but on who or what the editors consider essential e.g., Allen Ginsburg made the cut; Jack Kerouac did not." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A]n exciting update whose 6900 entries include 1000 revised entries and 500 new ones, 200 of which are in science and technology alone....The entries themselves are complete, concise, and clearly written as well as extensively and effectively cross-referenced. All that need be said about this first-rate reference is that it is well written, well researched, and well worth the money." Library Journal

Book News Annotation:

Of the nearly 7,000 entries, about 500 are new, and another 1,000 have been revised from the 1988 and 1992 editions. The focus is on American culture, and foreign readers have been pleased to learn the meaning of several obtuse popular phrases and usages. Pronunciation guides are provided for many entries.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

James Trefil is a regular contributor to Smithsonian magazine and a science commentator on National Public Radio. He is the Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University and lives in Annandale, Virginia.

E.D. Hirsch, Jr. is the Linden Kent Memorial Professor of English at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and the author of Cultural Literacy, The First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, and The Core Knowledge Series. Dr. Hirsch is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been a senior fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is president of the Core Knowledge Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to educational reform.

Joseph F. Kett, Commonwealth Professor of History at the University of Virginia, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the author of The Formation of the American Medical Profession: The Role of Institutions, 1780-1860 (1968) and Rites of Passage: Adolescence in America, 1790-Present (1977). He is the co-author of The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy (1988). A former History Department chair at Virginia, he has also participated on the Panel on Youth of the President's Science Advisory Committee, served on the Board of Editors for the History of Education Quarterly, and is a past member of the Council of the American Studies Association.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction to the First Edition
The Theory Behind the Dictionary: Cultural Literacy and Education
How to Use This Dictionary
The Bible 1
Mythology and Folklore 27
Proverbs 47
Idioms 59
World Literature, Philosophy, and Religion 83
Literature in English 115
Conventions of Written English 147
Fine Arts 163
World History to 1550 202
World History since 1550 217
American History to 1865 251
American History since 1865 277
World Politics 311
American Politics 329
World Geography 356
American Geography 408
Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology 425
Business and Economics 448
Physical Sciences and Mathematics 473
Earth Sciences 509
Life Sciences 523
Medicine and Health 546
Technology 587
Photo and Illustration Credits 607
Index 609

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littlequeenie29, April 5, 2007 (view all comments by littlequeenie29)
This book is exactly what the cover suggests, something every American should know. It has a wealth of information whether it be to look up quotes, famous people, or just if you want to become a well rounded, educated person. This book has it all. Since I bought the book, I can barely put it down. It's also good for kids that don't seem to be learning the very basics of the Bible, philosophy, even basic proverbs. This is a GREAT book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618226474
Author:
E. D. Hirsch Jr. and James Trefil and Joseph F. Kett
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Editor:
Hirsch, E. D.; Trefil, James; Kett, Joseph F.
Author:
Trefil, James
Author:
Hirsch, E. D., Jr.
Author:
Trefil, James S.
Author:
Kett, Joseph F.
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
English language
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
ERDC/CRREL TR-02-8
Publication Date:
October 3, 2002
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
9.53x8.10x1.78 in. 3.54 lbs.

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"Review" by , "It's entertaining, snappily written, extremely handy and reasonably inclusive (although there are bound to be readers who will find issue with Hirsch's well-known conservative ideologies)....Arguments over it will probably not center on its stylistics, but on who or what the editors consider essential e.g., Allen Ginsburg made the cut; Jack Kerouac did not."
"Review" by , "[A]n exciting update whose 6900 entries include 1000 revised entries and 500 new ones, 200 of which are in science and technology alone....The entries themselves are complete, concise, and clearly written as well as extensively and effectively cross-referenced. All that need be said about this first-rate reference is that it is well written, well researched, and well worth the money."
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