Synopses & Reviews
When The Intellectual Devotional
debuted in the fall of 2006, it became an instant national bestseller. NBCs Today
show judged it a "great book to give as a Christmas gift." A year later, The Intellectual Devotional: American History
also leaped onto bestseller lists. Now, an avid readership of "devoted intellectuals" will be eager to build on the knowledge base it acquired in the first two books, and what better way to do so than to dive into the complex and vital world of Western culture? Here, the authors turn to the fascinating world of our contemporary culture covering the essential artists, works, icons, and consumer products that have defined the way we live and express ourselves. From War and Peace to Catcher in the Rye, from Beethoven to John Lennon, from H. L. Mencken to Marilyn Monroe, from Andy Warhol to American Idol—the defining events and figures from literature, music, film, sports, and pop culture are served up in morsels of daily wisdom that will revive forgotten knowledge and open new horizons of intellectual discovery.
In the tradition of the instant bestsellers The Intellectual Devotional
and The Intellectual Devotional: American History
comes the third installment in this indispensable series. In The Intellectual Devotional: Modern Culture
, authors David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim explore the fascinating world of contemporary culture to offer 365 daily readings that provide the essential references needed to navigate the world today. Quench your intellectual thirst with an overview of the literature, music, film, personalities, trends, sports, and pop references that have defined the way we live. From the Slinky to Star Wars; Beatlemania to Babe Ruth; flappers to fascism—refreshing your memory and dazzling your friends has never been easier, or more fun. Whether you're a trivia genius, pop-culture buff, or avid reader, you'll be riveted by this comprehensive journey through contemporary culture.
The latest entry in The Intellectual Devotional series dives into the complex and vital world of Western culture, covering the essential artists, works, icons, and consumer products that have defined the way individuals live and express themselves.
Defining events and figures from literature, music, film, sports, and pop culture are served up in morsels of daily wisdom.
About the Author
DAVID S. KIDDER
is an entrepreneur with a wide range of technology and marketing expertise. Stories about Kidder and his companies have appeared in numerous publications, from the Wall Street Journal
to the New York Times
. He lives in Westchester, New York. NOAH D. OPPENHEIM,
a senior producer of NBCs Today
show, has extensive experience in television and print journalism. His writing has appeared in Esquire
and the Wall Street Journal
. He lives in New York City.