The Concise Guide to Sounding Smart at Parties

An Irreverent Compendium of Must-Know Info from Sputnik to Smallpox and Marie Curie to Mao
Product Number: EB00153524
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780767926386
Publisher: Broadway Books
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Description

Banish awkward silences, boring weather talk, or (worst of all) the embarrassing conversation gaff with this pithy, hilarious guide to effortless party banter. We've all been there. You're at a party, surrounded by the most important people in your 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 hush falls over the room and every head seems to swivel expectantly in your direction. [ART: SET THESE OFF IN A DIFFERENT COLOR?] "Rasputin. Sure, Rasputin. The Russian guy, right? Who...?ho...?hooooo was Russian." "Che Guevara? You mean the dancer?" "Oh my God! Mao Tse-tung? They have the best chicken with cashews!" The Concise Guide to Sounding Smart at Parties was written with just this moment in mind. In fourteen pain-free, laughter-filled chapters, authors David Matalon and Chris Woolsey brush away years of cobwebs on subjects as wide-ranging as the typical round of Jeopardy: war, science, politics, philosophy, the arts, business, literature, music, religion, and more. Armed with The Concise Guide to Sounding Smart at Parties, you'll know that Chicago Seven wasn't a boy band, Martin Luther never fought for civil rights, and Franz Kafka isn't German for "I have a bad cold." You'll be the smart one who's the center of conversation-and nothing beats that feeling.

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Original Publish Date: Oct 10, 2006

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