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    Schott's Quintessential Miscellany (Indispensable Irrelevance) (Hardback) By (author) Ben Schott

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    DescriptionIn 2003, a curious, old-fashioned, pocket-size book transformed the way we look at information. Since then, "Schott's Original Miscellany" and its two sequel volumes have been translated into more than fifteen languages and have sold some three million copies. Now Ben Schott returns to the miscellany format with a brand-new cabinet of curiosities. Inside, you'll find fascinating facts cheek by jowl with information you can't live without. All things are considered, from footwear labeling symbols, airport runway markings, and sign-writing brush sizes to the traditional method of counting sheep and how to smoke cigars while reading the news. Nothing escapes the jeweler's eye of this curator of unconsidered trifles. An essential addition to the bookshelf of all who love life's rich tapestry, "Schott's Quintessential Miscellany"-equal parts encyclopedia, almanac, treasury, and lexicon-will remind you that there is only one Ben Schott. Praise for "Schott's Miscellanies" "If we live in an information age, then Ben Schott has become something of a maestro, or perhaps a master chef, ranging over the whole of knowledge and seasoning his...books with a pinch of this, a drop of that." -"Chicago Sun-Times" "Genuine practical value...Elegantly designed...A vast empire of informational flotsam and jetsam." -"New York Times" "One of the oddest and most addictively readable reference books in print."-"Boston Globe" "Completely earnest and mischievous at the same time."-"Newsday"

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    Schott's Quintessential Miscellany
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    By (author) Ben Schott
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 122 mm
    Height: 188 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    ISBN 13: 9781608190218
    ISBN 10: 1608190218

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HOB
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T13.3
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    B&T General Subject: 680
    Libri: I-RB
    DC21: 031.02
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    B&T Approval Code: A01980000
    DC22: 031.02
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    BISAC V2.8: REF023000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14110
    BISAC V2.8: REF007000
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 50
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REF001000
    LC classification: AG106 .S362 2011
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    25 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Ben Schott studied social and political sciences at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, from where he graduated with a double First. He is a contributing colmnist to the op-ed pages of the "New York Times "and writes for a number of other newspapers and magazines. He divides his time between London and New York.