By A. J. Jacobs
Half memoir and half schooling (or lack thereof), The Know-It-All chronicles NPR contributor A.J. Jacobs's hilarious, enlightening, and possible most unlikely quest to learn the Encyclopaedia Britannica from A to Z.
forty four MILLION WORDS
10 BILLION YEARS OF HISTORY
1 OBSESSED MAN
To fill the ever-widening gaps in his Ivy League schooling, A.J. Jacobs units for himself the daunting job of interpreting all thirty-two volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His spouse, Julie, tells him it is a waste of time, his acquaintances think he's wasting his brain, and his father, an excellent legal professional who had as soon as tried a similar feat and give up someplace round Borneo, is encouraging yet unconvinced.
With self-deprecating wit and a disarming frankness, The Know-It-All recounts the unforeseen and comically disruptive results Operation Encyclopedia has on every little thing of Jacobs's lifestyles -- from his newly minted marriage to his complex courting together with his father and the remainder of his charmingly eccentric ny kinfolk to his day activity as an editor at Esquire. Jacobs's undertaking checks the outer limits of his stamina and forces him to discover the genuine that means of intelligence as he endeavors to affix Mensa, win a place on Jeopardy!, and soak up 33,000 pages of studying. On his trip he stumbles upon the various strangest, funniest, and so much profound proof approximately each subject less than the solar, all whereas combating fatigue, ridicule, and the paralyzing worry that attends his first real-life accountability -- the approaching beginning of his first child.
The Know-It-All is an creative, mightily enjoyable memoir of 1 man's mind, neuroses, and obsessions, and a fight among the all-consuming quest for actual wisdom and the indisputable reward of hard-won knowledge.