One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the world
By (author) A. J. Jacobs
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Know-it-All by A. J. Jacobs
Book DescriptionOn leaving school or university, you feel pretty pleased with yourself. You've learnt a lot, your'e well-read and you know a whole bunch of obscure facts guaranteed at some point to appear in the questions on Mastermind or University Challenge. Then you get a job, and ten years later youre more eloquent and eager to argue about Britney and Big Brother than Beckett and the Brontes. Sound familiar? Well it happened to AJ Jacobs too. As an editor at Esquire, Jacobs had built up a rather impressive knowledge of celebrity trivia - and the cure was going to take a long time. While others might take to reading a broadsheet at the weekend, Jacobs chose to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica. All 33,000 pages of it. Bill Bryson meets Schott's Original Miscellany meets Woody Allen. Part assemblage of fascinating trivia, part journey through adulthood, all laugh-out-loud funny.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099481744
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author A. J. Jacobs
Drop Dead Healthy, Paperback (July 2013)
An account of one man's painful journey from slob to superman, and a fascinating and eye-opening examination of what it really means to be healthy. It reveals the ugly truth about the assumptions and obsessions we have about our bodies.
My Experimental Life, Paperback (June 2010)
The author puts himself to a series of bizarre and ridiculous tests, from total obedience to his long-suffering wife and 'Radical Honesty', to living as a beautiful woman and outsourcing his personal life to India (whether sending an email, having a weekly chat with his parents or arguing with his wife).
Year of Living Biblically, Paperback (November 2008)
Written by the author who, raised in a secular family but interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, decides to dive in head first and attempt to obey the hundreds of less-publicized rules. This book describes how the resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal.
Fractured Fairy Tales, Paperback (November 1999)» View all books by A. J. Jacobs
Culled from the 1960s television cartoon series of the same name, a collection of off-the-wall revisions of immortal fairy tales is illustrated with art from the original series.
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Author Biography - A. J. Jacobs
A. 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.
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