How to Be a Genius: A Handbook for the Aspiring Smarty-Pants

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Everyone thinks they are smarter than everyone else, but only a precious few have the mental fortitude to be an actual genius. In this clear guide, aspiring smarty-pants will get hands-on advice, practical tips, and fact-filled profiles that will help them on their way to enlightenment. Readers will learn how to change human history with their intellect, reveal truths previously unknown, and make people gasp in wonder. Beginning with early childhood signs of genius, determining what field of ...

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Overview

Everyone thinks they are smarter than everyone else, but only a precious few have the mental fortitude to be an actual genius. In this clear guide, aspiring smarty-pants will get hands-on advice, practical tips, and fact-filled profiles that will help them on their way to enlightenment. Readers will learn how to change human history with their intellect, reveal truths previously unknown, and make people gasp in wonder. Beginning with early childhood signs of genius, determining what field of expertise to pursue, and what to do when people just won’t listen, readers will learn how to win a Nobel Prize, see how they measure up to geniuses of the past, and get tips on developing their own style and attitude. Complete with colorful illustrations, sidebars, and self-quizzes, would-be intellectual giants will have all the right tools for achieving greatness.

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Adult/High School This little book is exactly what it sounds like: an amusing guide that includes fashion tips, romantic advice, strategies of the "evil genius," and suggestions for ensuring one's future reputation. It features illustrated thumbnail biographies of individuals from a variety of fields (e.g., Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Shakespeare, Hypatia of Alexandria, and Machiavelli). The short chapters are introduced with quotations on the nature of genius and divided with humorous subheadings and lots of white space. An index lists people by name, field, and dates of birth/death. Although the tone is witty and light and there are tongue-in-cheek quizzes and lists of genius attributes, the content is not completely fluffy. The book succeeds in teasing out a definition of genius, providing interesting background stories on well-known figures, and explaining the nuances of being a smarty-pants. Teens who already consider themselves in that category will enjoy a study break with this book, but may be tempted to vandalize by the "cut-out-and-keep" speech template for Nobel Prize winners.-Sondra VanderPloeg, Tracy Memorial Library, New London, NH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556526732
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

André de Guillaume is a self-appointed authority on genius and the author of How to Rule the World.

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