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The know-it-all : one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world

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Published:
[United States] : HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books :, 2004.
Status:
Available Online
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 Encylopedia 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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Format:
Edition:
Unabridged.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781598871715 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book), 1598871714 (sound recording : hoopla Audio Book)
Accelerated Reader:
UG
Level 6.8, 24 Points

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Digital content provided by hoopla.
Participants/Performers
Read by Geoffrey Cantor.
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 Encylopedia 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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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Jacobs, A. J., & Cantor, G. (2004). The know-it-all: one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world. Unabridged. [United States]: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Jacobs, A. J., 1968- and Geoffrey. Cantor. 2004. The Know-it-all: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. [United States]: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Jacobs, A. J., 1968- and Geoffrey. Cantor, The Know-it-all: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. [United States]: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books, 2004.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Jacobs, A. J., and Geoffrey Cantor. The Know-it-all: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. Unabridged. [United States]: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books, 2004.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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