Brainiac

Brainiac by Ken Jennings

I picked this up in the bargain bin at Barnes and Noble for a reasonable price. This book is not just a behind-the-scenes look at my favorite game show; it also explores the history of modern trivia competitions – everything from Jeopardy! (of course) and Trivial Pursuit to college quiz bowls and the game show scandals of the 1950s.  This book is truly geared for the trivia buff; if you don’t watch Jeopardy! every night or always suggest Trivial Pursuit everytime someone asks to play a boardgame, you probably won’t care for it.  Additionally, Ken offers tips on succeding on Jeopardy! (There’s only one, really:  Learn the buzzer system.) For the record, I have taken and passed the Jeopardy! test though I have not appeared on the show yet. Apparently, my bubbly personality didn’t show through on the audition tape. Go figure.

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