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The Trivia Lover's Guide to the World: Geography for the Lost and Found

by Gary Fuller

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There is something about the tone of some books that just grates. This is one of those books. There are certainly a lot of interesting things here, and it is an easy read, but the randomness of it all puts me off. In addition to geography, Fuller pretty much sticks in any random thought that comes into his head--such as the cause of the Civil War (it was slavery, Dr. Fuller!)--and despite his impressive credentials as a geographer, weird non-facts creep in. The most annoying is his contention that Kalmykia, an autonomous part of the Russian federation, is a country, and therefore the only Buddhist country in Europe! What nonsense. It is no more a country than California, Quebec, or Chechnya. With stupid "facts" like this one, how can a reader really trust anything in the rest of the book? My advice: Steer clear. ( )
  datrappert | Jun 27, 2015 |
Collection of diverting facts about obscure geography. Not much of a connecting theme otherwise, and the omission of some kind of wrap-up was a little jarring. Still a fun, quick read. ( )
  Bodagirl | Dec 22, 2013 |
Lots of interesting geography information. ( )
  Liz_57 | Jul 26, 2013 |
Entertaining geography trivia, with related digressions. Since the chapters are short and self-contained, it's a good choice for an airplane, which is where I read it. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
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This book is dedicated to Barbara Fuller, whose creative and editorial assistance is gratefully acknowledged.
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By definition, trivia is unimportant!
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Gary Fuller's entertaining and engaging guide enhances geographic know-how with good, old-fashioned fun, using trivia to open up new worlds of knowledge for all readers. Often dismissed as unimportant, trivia here highlights issues that are far from trivial, pondering, for example, what peaceful country requires citizens to keep guns in their homes? what continent contains at least 75 percent of the world's fresh water? and why aren't New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia the capitals of their respective states? An inveterate traveler and geographer extraordinaire, Fuller provides extensive background, clear illustrations, and thorough explanations for each intriguing question, carefully grounding the text in practical geographic concepts. Both enjoyable and enlightening, this book challenges today's global generation to truly get to know their world
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Gary Fuller's entertaining and engaging guide enhances geographic know-how with good, old-fashioned fun, using trivia to open up new worlds of knowledge for all readers. Often dismissed as unimportant, trivia here highlights issues that are far from trivial, pondering, for example, what peaceful country requires citizens to keep guns in their homes? what continent contains at least 75 percent of the world's fresh water? and why aren't New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia the capitals of their respective states?… (more)

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