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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent way to earn a degree!!!, 15 Feb 1997
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This review is from: Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know (Hardcover)
Did you know that "cathedral" stems from the Latin word "cathedra" meaning chair? Or that an Epicurean is one who appreciates material pleasures? Or that a shamrock has THREE leaves?
These snippets may indeed seem like bits of useless information, but that is where you are wrong. People who have read this book, can go almost anywhere in the world and look as if they know almost everything. This book can give anyone an instant degree. It makes even the most common of people seem like they graduated with honors from Harvard. With catagories rangin from Philosophy to Literature to Geography to modern history, one can become an expert on almost anything. Since I read this book, I have been able to talk to people I was afraid to, people who seemed too educated, too high up, but now I am equal to them.
The book is arranged in several different catagories, which runs alphabetically in small paragraphs about different aspects of that topic. It can easily be used as a quiz book or as a basis for a class. This book is all the textbooks in the world as one. This book changed my life and can change yours.
I hear you ask if there is anything NOT wonderful about this book, and indeed there is. It is perhaps too American oriented. There are topics specifically labelled "American Geography" and "American History", and most Historians will agree that the history of America is one of the less important genres of history in this day and age. Perhaps a more global edition needs to be made. it is not only these catagories, however, in the religion catagory, it is mainly American based religions that are talked about. But the author was American and American's do tend to be proud of their heritage. If I had written it, perhaps I would have focused on the European aspect of things, but such is how things work. Another drawback is the lack of a catagory relating to technology. (But then again, most of us on the internet are biased about that too)
All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted an "instant degree"!
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