Jacobs, A. J.
Title THE KNOW-IT-ALL: ONE MAN'S HUMBLE QUEST TO BECOME THE SMARTEST PERSON IN TH E WORLD
Book Condition Good
Publisher Simon & Schuster 2005
0743250621 / 9780743250627
Seller ID RWARE0000041998
Part memoir and part education (or lack thereof), The Know-It-All chronicle s NPR contributor A.J. Jacobs's hilarious, enlightening, and seemingly impo ssible quest to read the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z. 33,000 PAGES 44 MILLION WORDS 10 BILLION YEARS OF HISTORY 1 OBSESSED MAN To fill the ever-widening gaps in his Ivy League education, A.J. Jacobs set s for himself the daunting task of reading all thirty-two volumes of the En cyclopaedia Britannica. His wife, Julie, tells him it's a waste of time, hi s friends believe he is losing his mind, and his father, a brilliant attorn ey who had once attempted the same feat and quit somewhere around Borneo, i s encouraging but unconvinced. With self-deprecating wit and a disarming frankness, The Know-It-All recoun ts the unexpected and comically disruptive effects Operation Encyclopedia h as 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 ecc entric New York family to his day job as an editor at Esquire. Jacobs's pro ject tests the outer limits of his stamina and forces him to explore the re al meaning of intelligence as he endeavors to join Mensa, win a spot on Jeo pardy!, and absorb 33,000 pages of learning. On his journey he stumbles upo n some of the strangest, funniest, and most profound facts about every topi c under the sun, all while battling fatigue, ridicule, and the paralyzing f ear 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 obsession.