Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Highly Recommended

The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World (Hardcover)
by A. J. Jacobs (Author)

I don't know if it was the A-Z format, the often hilarious asides, or the low-key self-deprecating manner of the author, but you begin to like this Jacobs guy for admitting that he's really not all that intelligent when it comes to ... knowing things, and to test out how much he doesn't know, he begins reading the Encyclopædia Britannica from beginning to end--all 32 volumes and 33,000 pages. One of the few books where the blurbs on the back assure the reader that "you'll be laughing out loud" and you really do laugh out loud. Plus, you know how some reviewers tell you that you won't be able to put the book down? Well, trust me, you won't be able to put the book down. It's a book that reads much, much better than the title's premise would suggest.

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