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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"The Know-It-All is a hilarious book and quite an impressive achievement. I've always said, why doesn't someone put out a less complete version of the encyclopedia? Well done, A.J." --Jon Stewart, Host of The Daily Show
"I fell in love with this book on page one and I have laughed out loud on every page since. With his hilarious Britannica-fed insights on life, A.J. Jacobs uncovers the profound by way of the trivial. The Know-It-All is endlessly entertaining. Genius, pure." --Mary Roach, author of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human CadaversAbout the Author:
GEOFFREY CANTOR made his Broadway debut in the tony Award winning Sideman. He has appeared on numerous television shows, including Ed, The Street, and Law & Order. He is most recognized for his numerous television commercials.
A.J. JACOBS is a senior editor at Esquiremagazine and the author of The Two Kings: Jesus and Elvis, America Off-Line, and Fractured Fairy Tales. Since his local grocery store did not carry the type of mint cake chosen by Tenzing Norgay to celebrate his successful ascent of Mount Everest, Jacobs celebrated the completion of his feat with some Ring Dings. He lives in New York City with his wife.
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