All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge

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Overview

For the bestselling miscellany market, an NPR librarian's compendium of fascinating facts on history, science, and the arts

How much water do the Great Lakes contain? Who were the first and last men killed in the Civil War? How long is a New York minute? What are the lost plays of Shakespeare? What building did Elvis leave last? Get the answers to these and countless other vexing questions in a All Facts Considered. Guaranteed to enlighten even the most seasoned trivia buff, ...

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Overview

For the bestselling miscellany market, an NPR librarian's compendium of fascinating facts on history, science, and the arts

How much water do the Great Lakes contain? Who were the first and last men killed in the Civil War? How long is a New York minute? What are the lost plays of Shakespeare? What building did Elvis leave last? Get the answers to these and countless other vexing questions in a All Facts Considered. Guaranteed to enlighten even the most seasoned trivia buff, this treasure trove of "who knew?" factoids spans a wide range of intriguing subjects.

  • Written by noted NPR librarian Kee Malesky, whom Scott Simon has called the "source of all human knowledge"
  • Answers questions on history, natural history, science, religion, language, and the arts
  • Packed with valuable nuggets of information, from the useful to the downright bizarre

The perfect gift for every inquiring mind that wants to know, All Facts Considered will put you at the center of the conversation as you show off your essential store of inessential yet irresistible knowledge.

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In some ways, the most essential questions are the least fun. Knowing how to fix a computer or escape from a fire might be vital, but other conundrums are much more entertaining. For example, what is the origin of chewing gum or golf balls and who invented air-conditioning? Can you name the lost plays of Shakespeare? Do you know how much junk is roaming around space? What was the Great London Fog? The answer to all these questions, plus hundreds more are waiting for you on All Facts Considered, the brainchild of Kee Malesky, NPR's librarian. This 272-page compilation will you keep amused and your friends astonished.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470559659
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,082,480
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART ONE: ON MEMORY AND HISTORY.

1. Battles and Bigwigs.

Ancient and Modern, Sacred and Civil History.

2. Deviations and Wonders.

The Natural History of Land, Sea, Animals, and Vegetables.

3. Fish or Weapon?

The Natural History of Crafts and Manufactures.

PART TWO: ON REASON AND SCIENCE.

4. Links in the Chain of Being.

The Science of God: Theology, Religion, and Superstition.

5. Letters in Plain Sight.

The Science of Humanity: Thinking, Remembering, Communicating.

6. Sin versus Virtue.

Ethics and Law.

7. Modus Mundi.

The Science of Nature: Physics, Mathematics, Geography.

8. Ugly Bags of Mostly Water.

Zoology, Physiology, Medicine.

9. The Wild Blue Yonder and What’s Below.

Astronomy, Meteorology, Botany, Mineralogy, Chemistry.

PART THREE: ON IMAGINATION, POETRY, AND ART.

10. Perfect Circles.

Sacred and Profane Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture.

11. Rhapsodies in Bloom.

Music Theory and Practice.

12. Love Songs and Lost Words.

Literature, Drama, Narrative.

Acknowledgments.

Notes and Sources.

Index.

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