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Publisher's Summary

Greg Proops is an internationally renowned comedian, best known for starring on the hit improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and for his popular, award-winning podcast, The Smartest Man in the World, which Rolling Stone magazine called "some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now". But Proops is also a fountain of historical knowledge, a wealth of pop-culture trivia, and a generally charming know-it-all.

The Smartest Book in the World is based on Proops' sensational, iTunes Top 10 podcast. The audiobook is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops' universe, from the noteworthy names of the ancient world and baseball to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear. Complete with history's juiciest tales and curious backstories, Proops expounds on the merits of poetry and proper punctuation, delivering this wealth of information with his signature style and Proopsian panache. An offbeat and exuberant guide to everything, The Smartest Book in the World gives you everything you need to know to always be the smartest person in the room.

©2015 Gregory Proops (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"It's a terrifically random appreciation of cultural touchstones that's sure to inspire readers to look further." ( Publishers Weekly)

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The narration gets better after a few chapters

It was enjoyable, if you like history and facts with a spin. Top 5 Lists were a prominent writing style a couple years ago (thanks BuzzFeed) and a good chunk of this book is also in that format. When the book diverges away from that style is when it is most entertaining.

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Great listen

This book is great! It's fun and interesting. I like how Proops' personality really shines. It's like listening to an extended episode of his podcast.

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apparently an acquired taste...

Wasn't at all what I expected. Was kind of like listening to someone read Entertainment Tonight. I have never listened to Greg Proops podcasts, and was not familiar with his style, and I guess that is at least part of the problem (for me), because seemingly everyone else loved it. Not my style !

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love love love

so wonderfully read and written! beyond fantastic. something tells me I will be listening to this book about one time a year so I might retain even a portion of the amount of awesome this book contains!

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Great read

If you were a fan of the podcast, you'll love the book. Roman emperors, baseball, music, women's rights, and all the boring preachy parts. They're all in here.

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Enjoyable listen, informative but...

Overall I enjoyed this book. Really interesting and entertaining. There are a ton of interesting tidbits of information in this book going back to the roman empire through recent history. From Cleopatra to Satchel Paige. (I think he has a man crush on Satchel, but who can blame him). If you like random biographer information on multiple folks, this is for you. I thought the author did a very good job narrating. He is a little pompous and the book drags when he drifts from entertainment and gets preachy and patronizing. Smartest and most morally right guy in the room. If you are a fat, rich, cigar smoking white guy, you should pass this book up.

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yes now I need the Cliff Notes

So I can mark of the books that I have read. Or maybe a spreadsheet.

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Smartest book about Baseball !

I thought this would be a funny literate book of words and current mores. It's really all about baseball's great and all the mind numbing stats. I didn't enjoy this book and felt misled by the summary. Only purchase if you want to hear a pretensionist ass spout stats.

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Awful

First, the trivia is at best unremarkable - one of the words he defines is “fantastic.”
Second, the narrator has the vocal affect of that snooty guy that thought he was smarter than everyone else in high school. I kind of wanted to punch him.
Tried two minutes of the first two chapters and five of the third, then gave up.

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Gotta love Proops.

Proops is the man. Lots of information on just about everything. Time to go read.