The easy way to trick people into thinking you’re smart is knowing a little about a lot. Here are ten books that cover every subject, whether it be science, literature, crime, sex, or whatever. Read these books and impress your friends with your knowledge of inane, and sometimes not-so-inane, trivia.
The Intellectual Devotional contains 365 short lessons, meant to invigorate the reader every day of the year. The book covers seven fields of knowledge: history, literature, philosophy, math and science, religion, fine arts, and music. Learn about everything from Plato, to opera terms, to how batteries work.
In A Short History of Nearly Everything, acclaimed author Bill Bryson attempts to understand, and answer, the oldest and biggest questions about the universe. Bryson seeks to understand how we got from nothing to us.
Follow Esquire editor AJ Jacobs as he recounts his attempts to read an entire, 32-volume Encyclopaedia Britannica. Along the way you will learn every oddball fact the encyclopedia has to offer, whether it be Cortes having syphilis or Descartes having a fetish for cross-eyed women.
Author Richard Zacks shares fascinating facts, stories, photos, and images guaranteed to make you laugh, gasp, and occasionally shudder. Get alternative takes on art, business, crime, science, sex, and many other facets of human experience.
Technology is everywhere. The New Way Things Work explains how all this technology works in a way even a child would understand. Learn how an electric shaver, a CD player, and even the Internet works.
Brush up on the subjects you learned in school, reacquaint yourself with all the facts you once knew, catch up on major developments in the world today, and become the Renaissance man or woman you always knew you could be.
The World in 100 Objects covers 2 millions years of history from across the globe. Take a close look at one hundred man-made objects which signify a crucial turning point in history. From the first hand-carved axe to the common credit card, each object has a story and has impacted the course of civilization.
Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader is overflowing with the incredible stories, surprising facts, weird news, little-known origins, forgotten history, fun wordplay, and everything else that millions of fans have come to expect from world’s best-selling bathroom reading series. The book is divided by length: quickies for the reader on the go, medium-sized articles for those with a few minutes to spare, and extra-long pieces for those truly leg-numbing experiences
Condensed Knowledge is a mouthwatering mix of intriguing facts, lucid explanations, and mind-blowing theories that will satisfy even the hungriest minds. Learn about scandals in the art world, famous studies that would be illegal today, classics written under the influence, and much more.
The Book of General Ignorance is a comprehensive catalogue of all the misconceptions, mistakes, and misunderstandings in common knowledge that will make you wonder why anyone bothers going to school.