An Irreverent Compendium of Must-Know Info from Sputnik to Smallpox and Marie Curie to Mao
On Sale: October 10, 2006
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Banish awkward silences, boring weather talk, or (worst of
all) the embarrassing conversation gaff with this pithy,
guide to effortless party banter.
We’ve all been
You’re at a party, surrounded by the most important people
life. You’re cool. You’re casual. You’re witty and urbane. Until
suddenly, quite unexpectedly, things take a turn for the
worse when a
subject thought to be common knowledge is lobbed your way. A
over the room and every head seems to swivel expectantly in your
[ART: SET THESE OFF IN A DIFFERENT
“Rasputin. Sure, Rasputin. The Russian guy,
right? Who . . . who . . . whooooo was Russian.”
Guevara? You mean the dancer?”
“Oh my God! Mao
Tse-tung? They have the best chicken with
The Concise Guide to Sounding Smart at
written with just this moment in mind. In fourteen pain-free,
laughter-filled chapters, authors David Matalon and Chris
away years of cobwebs on subjects as wide-ranging as the
of Jeopardy: war, science, politics, philosophy, the
arts, business, literature, music, religion, and more.
Armed with The Concise Guide to Sounding Smart at
know that Chicago Seven wasn’t a boy band, Martin Luther
for civil rights, and Franz Kafka isn’t German for “I have a
You’ll be the smart one who’s the center of conversation—and
beats that feeling.
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