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The Know-It-All
by AJ Jacobs
Binding: Audio CD, Unabridged edition
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
Weight: 0.65 pound
Dimension: H: 1.2 x L: 5.7 x W: 5.1 inches
ISBN 10: 1565119053
ISBN 13: 9781565119055
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Book Description:
A hilarious, intelligent trivia packed story from a man who read the entire ENCYLOPEDIA BRITANNICA. Early in his career, A. J. Jacobs found himself putting his Ivy League education to work at ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. After five years he learned which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This unsettling realization led Jacobs on a life changing quest: to read the entire contents of the ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words. Jacobs accumulates useful and less so knowledge, and along the way finds a deep connection with his father (who attempted the same feat when Jacob's was a child), examines the nature of knowledge vs. intelligence, and learns how to be rather annoying at cocktail parties. Part memoir/part education (or lack thereof), the chapters are organized by the letters of the alphabet.


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