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Written by Arthur GoldwagAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Arthur Goldwag

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: October 9, 2007
  • Price: $18.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-307-27907-1 (0-307-27907-3)
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From Platonism to New Historicism, humankind is constantly coming up with fresh schools of thought to help explain (or at least describe) the mysterious world around us. Here is the ultimate guide to over 450 of the most significant intellectual terms, movements, and religions that help shape the society we live in. Simply, concisely, and with personality, ’Isms and Ologies clarifies buzz terms like jihad, often defined as “holy war” but which literally means “striving”; and illustrates the differences between Conservatism, Paleoconservatism, and Neoconservatism. It explains String Theory (which attempts to unify Quantum Mechanics and Einsteinian Relativity); describes Fauvism (an artistic movement that paved the way for Expressionism and Cubism); defines Locofocoism (an American political ideology named after a “self-lighting cigar”); and identifies and explores so much more. Helpfully divided into categories—including politics, history, philosophy and the arts, economics, religion, science, and medicine—cross referenced, and thoroughly indexed, ’Isms and Ologies is an essential reference work.

“As wildly entertaining as it is learned, this engaging book should prove compulsive for browsers who don’t know enough and have been bluffing for years (in short, everyone). Arthur Goldwag’s style is balanced overall, yet opinionated and edgy enough to keep you on your toes. A delightful book to read and keep around.” —Phillip Lopate