Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs
by Ken Jennings
What a cool book! I confess to 1) not really watching Jeopardy 2) not following Ken Jenning's great wins 3) really enjoying Trivial Pursuit.
Happily points 1 & 2 didn't disqualify me from enjoying this engaging book. Written with a good sense of humor (and humility) Jennings tracks an interleaved pair of stories: his arc into and through the Jeopardy game, and the history and breadth of "trivia through the ages."
From the earliest days to the present, Jennings shows you all the ways that the enjoyment of trivia have captivated (and informed) people around the world. And he tells you a lot about Jeopardy, and how he managed to do so well (though never making you hate him).
PLUS, to the trivia buff, he makes a point of sprinkling loads of fun facts through the book - never telling you the answer IN the chapter, but in the pages following the chapter he reiterates the question with the answer.