An Incomplete Education


Judy Jones & William Wilson

I must admit that the book, An Incomplete Education by Judy Jones and William Wilson has been sitting on my bookshelf for over 20 years.  I read part of it but then set it aside and just didn’t have the nerve to pick it up again until 2021 when I was headed out on my first vacation in two years. 

The goal of the book is to provide the reader with pieces of important information that are critical to a well-rounded education.  The book delivers on all the basics and more.  Covered topics include psychology, world history, religion, science and more.  The book also contains profiles of great artists, composers, filmmakers, writers, dictators, and kings to name a few. 

The authors provide a brief introduction to each topic and then dive more deeply.  For example in the Art History section we learn about the different art periods along with famous artists.  In the World History section the authors share several important events such as the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand and the Spanish Civil War.  Anyone reading this book is guaranteed to get more information than they would from four years in a liberal arts college.

An Incomplete Education is a big book, containing 662 pages of information that is not always easy to digest; however, the information is well written using lay terminology and presented with a light sense of humor that makes what would otherwise be dry reading enjoyable.  If you enjoy classroom type learning, albeit in short bursts with no studying or test required, then purchase this book.  Buy the updated version on Kindle as the hardback copy is so massive.  If you find the idea of purchasing this book too daunting, then if you ever encounter this book on someone’s coffee table, just pick it up and peruse it.  You’ll learn something new and interesting and it feels good.