Friday, October 28, 2011
The Know It All
AJ Jacobs set out to read the entire 2002 Encyclopaedia Britannica- 33,000 pages, around 44 million words- in one calendar year. His father, an expert tax lawyer who has published his own series of non-fiction books, attempted this feat and only made it to the Bs; AJ Jacobs is determined to finish, although everyone he knows is extremely skeptical. Spoiler alert: he gets to the end. It's the journey that's so fun to follow, though. Throughout the year of EB, he picks up random bits of trivia (Hey, did you know that the Berserkers was a tribe that went into war naked?), tries out for Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, tries desperately for a child with his patient wife, joins Mensa, takes a speed reading class...the man stays busy. Through it all, though, he questions what intelligence really is. How will all of these facts make him smarter? Will it?
A great read that you can breeze through. You may learn a thing or two!