The Know-It-All : One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
The Know-It-All One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World Author:A. J. Jacobs
33,000 PAGES44 MILLION WORDS10 BILLION YEARS OF HISTORY1 OBSESSED MAN
Part memoir and part education (or lack thereof), The Know-It-All chronicles NPR contributor A.J. Jacobs's hilarious, enlightening, and seemingly impossible quest to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z.To fill the ever-widening gaps in h... more »is Ivy League education, A.J. Jacobs sets for himself the daunting task of reading all thirty-two volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His wife, Julie, tells him it's a waste of time, his friends believe he is losing his mind, and his father, a brilliant attorney who had once attempted the same feat and quit somewhere around Borneo, is encouraging but unconvinced.With self-deprecating wit and a disarming frankness, The Know-It-All recounts the unexpected and comically disruptive effects Operation Encyclopedia has on every part of Jacobs's life -- from his newly minted marriage to his complicated relationship with his father and the rest of his charmingly eccentric New York family to his day job as an editor at Esquire. Jacobs's project tests the outer limits of his stamina and forces him to explore the real meaning of intelligence as he endeavors to join Mensa, win a spot on Jeopardy!, and absorb 33,000 pages of learning. On his journey he stumbles upon some of the strangest, funniest, and most profound facts about every topic under the sun, all while battling fatigue, ridicule, and the paralyzing fear that attends his first real-life responsibility -- the impending birth of his first child. The Know-It-All is an ingenious, mightily entertaining memoir of one man's intellect, neuroses, and obsessions, and a struggle between the all-consuming quest for factual knowledge and the undeniable gift of hard-won wisdom.« less
The Market's bargain prices are even better for Paperbackswap club members!
Retail Price:$16.99 Buy New (Paperback): $13.29 (save 21%) or Become a PBS member and pay $9.39+1 PBS book credit (save 44%)
The Know-It-All is absolutely hilarious. It traces one man's quest to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. Jacobs does a great job of intertwining personal history with funny snippets and reflections on the entries themselves.
I LOVED this book! Loved it so much I ordered one for my dad and sent it to him. My father taught me the love of reading, and the enjoyment of finding out the odd things in life, and this book feeds that need for the odd. I have never attempted to read the whole encyclopedia from A to Z, but I am guilty of having picked up one, on a boring rainy day, and leafed through it and read articles that caught the eye.