The Know-it-all

One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World
Jacobs, A. J. (Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Know-it-all
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My Boyfriend Merlin picks up where King Arthur left off. Fast-forward a thousand years or so. The sword in the stone has come back to the Land and it chooses Merlin's ex-girlfriend as a candidate to be the next Arthur.
Authors: Jacobs, A. J., 1968-
Title: The know-it-all
one man's humble quest to become the smartest person in the world
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2004.
Characteristics: ix, 386 p. ;,25 cm.
Local Note: 6 7 8 9 15 17 35 53 109 122 133 167 172 193 203 210 216 224 235 242 250 280
ISBN: 0743250605
Statement of Responsibility: A.J. Jacobs
Subject Headings: United States Intellectual life 21st century. United States Intellectual life 20th century. Jacobs, A. J., 1968- Learning and scholarship. Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Topical Term: Learning and scholarship.
LCCN: 2004048233
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Jul 14, 2012
  • bunnie01 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a fun read.

Jun 18, 2012
  • Vivica rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

quirky...great fun!! - worth the read

Mar 01, 2012
  • bbb1771 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very Funny and very well written. Well worth the read.

Apr 12, 2011
  • stewadbc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Loved loved loved this book! Witty, funny and full of information. I was wondering how he was going to make the encyclopedia interesting and he did wonders with it!

Aug 26, 2010
  • taraw104 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a bit of a slow read for me, but I still enjoyed it, especially the personal stories Jacobs weaves in and the overall plot line. He choses interesting and unusual facts to highlight, and he writes with his usual self-deprecating humour. I enjoyed The Year of Living Biblically more, though.

Jul 15, 2010
  • brieps04 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I just finished this enlightening, yet laugh-out-loud hilarious book chronicling Jacob’s quest to read the Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z. By effortlessly combining anecdotes of his personal life (including working at Esquire, his relationship with his wife, and their fertility problems) with the informational entries, Jacobs successfully transforms trivial facts into an entertaining read! Throughout his quest, readers follow Jacobs as he utilizes his newfound knowledge to join Mensa, interview Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, and compete on Who Wants to be a Millionaire. An impressive achievement, indeed!

Jan 14, 2010
  • Lianoid rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Reading this book was like hanging out with a friend. A really smart and hilarious one at that! It was interesting how much information was in EB and how varied it all is. After I finished reading this, I kinda wanted to read the EB as well.... we'll see.


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Aug 26, 2010
  • taraw104 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Aug 26, 2010
  • taraw104 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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