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BeschreibungAs an editor at "Esquire", AJ Jacobs had built up knowledge of celebrity trivia - and the cure was going to take a long time. While others read a broadsheet at the weekend, or become casual newsnight enthusiasts, Jacobs elected to read the "Encyclopaedia Britannica". Part assemblage of trivia, part journey through adulthood, this is fun to read.
PortraitA. J. Jacobs is the editor of What It Feels Like and the author of The Two Kings: Jesus and Elvis, America Offline, and Fractured Fairy Tales. He is a senior editor of Esquire and lives in New York City with his wife Julie.
Pressestimmen"* 'The Know-It-All is a terrific book. It's a lot shorter than the encyclopedia, and funnier, and you'll remember more of it. Plus, if it falls off the shelf onto your head, you'll live.' P.J. O'Rourke * 'A jape of a book...with Jacobs...coming across as a slightly younger and Jewish Bill Bryson. Some of his quips are worthy even of Woody Allen... Hilarious' Guardian * 'For those who enjoy learning about some of the stranger facts about the world in which we live and who appreciate having a guide of some charm, The Know-It-All will be something of a treat.' Sunday Times * 'The Know-It-All is one of the most informative humorous books and one of the funniest collections of information that I have seen in a long time. (Note to publishers: that's the sentence you can put on the back of the next edition if you like).' Daily Express"
Untertitel: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the world. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 400 Seiten
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Book Lover - 05.12.2006, 16:58
Ever wonder what the first word of the Encyclopedia Britannica is? Or how much useless trivia you can accumulate in one year while reading through all 33 volumes and 44 million words of it? If you did, A.J.Jacobs has all the answers. The Know-It-All is a quirky, humourous narration of a year spent reading every word about topics he had no idea existed, and trying to retain most of it in order to become ¿the smartest person in the world¿. Jacobs summarizes some of the obscure, ridiculous or downright fascinating entries, interweaving them with his experiences in trying to persuade people that he is, in fact, a very smart person ¿ and sometimes failing miserably. At the end, the reader is left with a sense of awe at Jacobs¿ achievement, and may find himself considering, as I did, picking up (or rather: using a forklift to pick up) his or her own copy of the Encyclopia in order to discover all which hasn¿t been covered by Jacobs in his book.