Trivia buffs, this one’s for you! Kenneth C. Davis, who made the New York Times bestseller list with his informative and entertaining book Don’t Know Much About History, is here to enlighten us about anything and everything else.
This latest entry in the Don’t Know Much About series covers people, places, history and civics, holidays, inventions, space, sports, and a whole lot more. Brief sections relay the surprising, stunning, and sometimes horrifying information, and a short quiz follows so that readers can test their existing knowledge in each area.
In the category of Everyday Objects, for instance, Davis gives background on the Ford Mustang, with quiz questions that range from the cost of a Mustang in 1964 to the name of the famous singer who helped with the lyrics to ‘Mustang Sally’.
Under “The Natural World,” gardeners have a chance to shine when answering questions about tulips. Sports enthusiasts will likely find a favorite game here, with topics ranging from football to soap box derby and the Iditarod.
Davis has a knack for summing up key facts in a few short sentences, then building on the core information to encourage retention and further research. Don't Know Much About Anything Else is filled with the sort of non-vital information we all enjoy tossing out at parties. Students will find a wealth of essay ideas here, and the presentation in Davis’s book is far more digestible than what is generally found in the classroom. And for anyone who wants to be smarter than a fifth grader, this is the ultimate study guide.