Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs

Book - 2006
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"One day back in 2003, Ken Jennings and his college buddy Earl did what hundreds of thousands of people had done before: they auditioned for Jeopardy! Two years, 75 games, 2,642 correct answers, and over $2.5 million in winnings later, Ken Jennings emerged as trivia's undisputed king. Brainiac traces his rise from anonymous computer programmer to nerd folk icon. But along the way, it also explores his newly conquered kingdom: the world of trivia itself."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Villard, c2006.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781400064458
Branch Call Number: 791.453 JENNINGS
Characteristics: xiii, 269 pages ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Brainiac


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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Are you a trivia buff or game show fan? These two recent yet quite different, books relate to the television show Jeopardy! Jennings gives a bit of a peek into his record-setting Jeopardy! appearances, alternating with chapters on the history of trivia. It's a nice and polite book, just like its author. Harris managed to appear on Jeopardy! for almost a decade between his original games and various tournaments. He describes his Jeopardy! study plan as a “Jedi-like path to life”, all told with a sly sense of humour reflecting his past as a stand-up comic. Both books will add a few trivial facts to your cocktail party banter, as well as teach you a bit about the game show of life.

(See also, Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!)

Jun 14, 2013

Ken Jennings, who won an unprecedented 75 Jeopardy games in 2004, has written a witty, erudite book on his experience and the history of trivia. As he plainitively notes, every American obsession, except trivia, has a national championship. Winning on Jeopardy has become the de facto champtionship. While describing his journey through the longest-running Jeopardy streak, Ken details trivia's up-and-down history, college quiz bowls, pub quizzes, and the annual trivia weekend in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He also includes trivia questions (and answers) in each chapter plus a trivia timeline at the end of the book. A great read!


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