Prisoner of Trebekistan
A Decade in Jeopardy!
A.: This is the story of a working-class guy from Ohio with little real knowledge of Ambidextrous Presidents, Things Made from Rubber, and hundreds of other categories, but who nonetheless plunges so far into cramming for Jeopardy! that it changes his relationships, bends his worldview, and literally leads him to the ends of the earth, trying to understand it all. Q.: What is Prisoner of Trebekistan? Welcome to a world where obscure information is crucial to survival, vast sums of cash are at stake, and milliseconds can change not just a game but the course of your entire life. (Plus, you could win two Camaros and enough Bon Ami cleanser to scrub a small nation.) Prisoner of Trebekistanis Bob Harris's hilarious, insightful account of one man's unlikely epic journey throughJeopardy!, gleefully exploring triumph and failure, the nature of memory, and how knowledge itself can transform you in unpredictable ways--all against the backdrop of the most popular quiz show in history. InPrisoner of Trebekistan, Bob chronicles his transformation from a struggling stand-up comic who repeatedly fails theJeopardy!audition test into an elite player competing against the show's most powerful brains. To get there, he embarks on a series of intense study sessions, using his sense of humor to transform conventional memory skills into a refreshingly playful approach to learning that's as amusing as it is powerful. What follows is not only a captivating series of high-stakes wins and losses onJeopardy!, but also a growing appreciation of a borderless world that Bob calls Trebekistan, where a love of learning reigns and the smarter you get the more you realize how much you don't yet know. Filled with secrets that only a veteran contestant could share--from counterintuitive game strategies to Jedi-like tactics with theJeopardy!signaling device--Prisoner of Trebekistanalso gives you the chance to play along with the actual clues that led to victory or defeat in high-level tournaments, plus candid, moving reflections on how the games affected Bob's offstage life--and vice versa. Not only an irresistible treat forJeopardy!fans,Prisoner of Trebekistanis a delight for anyone who loves a rollicking tale that celebrates the unpredictability of life and the sneaky way it has of teaching us the things that really matter.
New York : Crown Publishers, c2006
Branch Call Number:
791.4572 J54h 2006
xi, 339 p. ;,25 cm
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The hilarious, insightful account of one man's unlikely epic journey through Jeopardy! , exploring triumph and failure, the nature of memory, and how knowledge can transform us in unpredictable ways--all against the backdrop of the most popular quiz show in history. Harris chronicles his evolut... Read More »