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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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New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2005, c2004.
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Description
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 theEncyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z.33,000 PAGES44 MILLION WORDS10 BILLION YEARS OF HISTORY1 OBSESSED MANTo fill the ever-widening gaps in his Ivy League education, A.J. Jacobs sets for himself the daunting task of reading all thirty-two volumes of theEncyclopaedia 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 atEsquire. 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 onJeopardy!, 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.
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Format:
Book
Edition:
1st Simon & Schuster pbk. ed.
Physical Desc:
ix, 389 pages ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780743250627 (pbk.) :, 0743250621 (pbk.) :, 0743250605

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Jacobs, A. J. (20052004). The know-it-all: one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world. 1st Simon & Schuster pbk. ed. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Jacobs, A. J., 1968-. 20052004. The Know-it-all: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Jacobs, A. J., 1968-, The Know-it-all: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 20052004.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Jacobs, A. J. The Know-it-all: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World. 1st Simon & Schuster pbk. ed. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 20052004. Print.

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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