The Smartest Book in the World

The Smartest Book in the World

A Lexicon of Literacy, A Rancorous Reportage, A Concise Curriculum of Cool

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From the bold, beloved comic and podcast star Greg Proops comes a "terrifically random appreciation of cultural touchstones" ( Publishers Weekly ) that is electrifying, thought-provoking, and unrelenting, full of rapid-fire references, historical name-checking, Satchel Paige bon mots, and genuine wisdom.

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv-comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his popular award-winning podcast, "The Smartest Man in the World," which Rolling Stone called "some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now." But Proops is also a fountain of historical knowledge, a wealth of pop culture trivia, and a generally charming know-it-all.

The Smartest Book in the World is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops's universe, from history's juiciest tales and curious backstories to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear. Full of eclectic and humorous knowledge, it is a concentrated collection and comic cultural dictionary of the essential Proops topics including poetry, proper punctuation, and Satchel Paige, all delivered with his signature style, making the full Proops experience complete.

So if you're stuck wondering why Alexander was so Great (well, he did conquer the world ), which cinema bombshell would be the best shortstop (Hedy Lamarr, of course), what great work of art would be the best to steal (not that you would), or the finest way to prepare vodka-flavored vodka (add vodka), don't fret, pumpkin butter-- The Smartest Book in the World has what you need right now.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2015
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476747057
Branch Call Number: 818.602 PROOPS
Characteristics: vii, 310 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Canaga, Jennifer


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Nov 08, 2015

So funny and smart. You might not agree with everything he says, but you will laugh out loud and learn some trivia.

Oct 17, 2015

Never heard of this guy before but I absolutely loved his book. I live for this type of dry ,mordant, pedantic type of humor. Sprinkle on it a dash of social consciousness and for me, we have a winner. What a great way to learn fascinating facets of world history, sports, film noir, pop culture icons. Well done, Mr.... Proops. Well, yes, with a name like Proops, you had to develop a peculiar type way of seeing the world. Kudos!

Aug 18, 2015

Funny in places and smart alecky in true Proops style. The book meanders in the same way as his podcast schtick, but feels a little less like a rant. As with his standup, the baseball stuff gets a bit tedious. An easy book to read in installments.


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