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  • Hardcover: 777 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; 1st Rev. Ed edition (1 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316082678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316082679
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 6.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,236,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

From Harold Acton to Zog I, from Mao to Madonna, Bartlett's BOOK OF ANECDOTES is a collection of more than 4,000 entries and the best source for anecdotes ever published.

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Clifton Fadiman was the author and editor of a number of distinguished books. He died in 1999. Andre Bernard is the author of ROTTEN REJECTIONS and NOW ALL WE NEED IS A TITLE. He lives in New York City, USA.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Mac Donald Jakobsen on 1 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a goldmine. The anecdotes chosen in this book are the ones telling how the person was as a person, how they were a little diffrerent from the rest. You get caught up searching for anybody you have barely even heard of to find out what they thougt and meant, how they were. Too many americans for an european, but a very good source book.
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geat aid for trivia buffs & students 9 Sept. 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
BARTLETT'S BOOK OF ANECDOTES is not this reviewer's normal work having mostly stayed with fiction. In fact, I had no plans to write a review, but my spouse was leafing through the book and started laughing. Motivated to take a look and not let it be a coffee table piece, I started to read some of the quotes from famous, not so famous (at least in my circle) and infamous people throughout history. I found myself intrigued, enjoying the comments that are often serious and obtaining additional pleasure from a brief biography of the contributor. In fairness, I have not finished the anecdotes, but read a few each night to simply relax as the book reminds me of A&E's "Biography for the Millennium" even though there are contributors from before 1000 AD. However, though entertaining and a remarkable research book, readers need to consider the price vs. the value before purchasing this tome.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of my favorite books 27 Mar. 2008
By PickyGuy - Published on
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I must admit, I have had this book either by my bed or (forgive me!) in the bathroom for at least 20 years and am on my third - the other two worn out from too frequent reading. Lots of wonderful tidbits on just about anyone you can think of in history/literature/the arts/music. Highly recommended.
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a thousand good quick reads 24 Jan. 2004
By Anthony Ly - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book throughly! It's an excellent resource for speech writing or for creating your own personal fables (to be passed on through conversation and lessons). I also liked how many of the stories were cross referenced when multiple people were involved, and how a few of them were retold in different ways when listed under different people.
My only complaint... (and this is a big one!) is that the list of celebrities and historical figures is extremely westernized. There are only a handful of eastern and middle eastern people represented. Even Eastern Europeans are greatly outnumbered by the British and American figures. And god forbid that we include anyone from the Southern hemisphere. I'd like to see more variety in the next edition, or even a companion book with some 'minority' focus in it.
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Great Book! Prompt Shipping 10 Sept. 2005
By Catherine Laavin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Has something in it for EVERYONE literally and for every occasion, you'll never be at a loss for words with this book!
Hilarious and deeply informative, this book gives you a glimpse of special moments in the lives of great men and women through 8 Mar. 2014
By Jim Sullivan - Published on
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This book is a must for your personal library and is the ideal gift for that hard to shop for special person!
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