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Brainiac by Ken Jennings
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Mar 10, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

An enjoyable book by Ken Jennings, the best human "Jeopardy!" player of all time.

I borrowed "Brainiac" after reading an amusing chat interview on the Washington Post web site with Jennings after IBM's Watson cleaned his clock. Jennings is smart and funny, and while ultimately the world of trivia that captivates Jennings and many others is, err..., trivial, he makes a decent case for why it may not be quite as silly as many think. Jennings discusses many different types of trivia contests, and also speaks at length about his experiences in the land of a zillion facts, including his record-breaking "Jeopardy!" winning streak. His writing style is lively and humorous without being cloying, and he leavens his prose and illustrates his points with lots of fun trivia tidbits.

In short, not the most important book in the world, but a fun and interesting read.

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