The New York Times Presents Smarter by Sunday: 52 Weekends of Essential Knowledge for the Curious Mind : Fell asleep during history class in high school when World War II was covered? Don't know much about William Shakespeare? Always wondered who really invented the World Wide Web? Here is the book for you, with all the answers you've been looking for: The New York Times Presents Smarter by Sunday is based on the premise that there is a recognizable group of topics in history, literature, science, art, religion, philosophy and music that educated people should be familiar with today. Over one hundred of these have been identified and arranged in a way that they can be studied over a year's time by spending two hours a weekend. Each weekend covers a single, larger topic and is divided into two days. Each daily entry consists of 1,500 to 2,000 words on related subjects. Sample topics include: The Big Bang; The French Revolution; The Bible; China; The Internet; The American Civil War; The Renaissance; Genetics; Global Warming; Philosophy; Nuclear Weapons; and many others. Smarter by Sunday is a perfect one-year crash course during which the reader will cover a wide range of subjects to attain a solid level of knowledge and a well-balanced understanding of the world.