A attention-grabbing mixture of participatory journalism and historical past, Getting Into Guinness is the never-before-told tale of the bestselling copyrighted publication of all time. Veteran reporter Larry Olmsted all started a private quest to damage an latest global checklist, then to set one other one, and shortly he used to be absolutely immersed within the loopy and hugely aggressive global of checklist breaking. this can be his behind-the-scenes document of the characters who created the recognized list booklet and proceed to make it wackier and wackier with each passing 12 months.

The enchanting 50-year background of the Guinness international documents is a narrative of extraordinary luck, both compelling disasters, and severe oddities. humans around the globe attempt to get into the publication, usually within the such a lot unimaginable methods. Olmsted chronicles the various funniest and finest Guinness list holders from a uniquely insider viewpoint: he himself is certainly one of them.

It all all started with a gentleman's bet over which used to be the quickest video game poultry in Europe, the golden plover or the grouse. The try to resolution this query has bought greater than a hundred million books in dozens of languages and each nook of the globe. this present day, there's heated pageant for the checklist to carry the main files (currently held through Ashrita Furman, 114 files and counting), in addition to vintage curiosities that experience lasted for many years (the tallest guy in historical past remains to be Robert Wadlow, at eight' 11"). Interwoven into all of this can be Olmsted's account of his personal winning record-setting makes an attempt, the 1st related to touring midway around the globe along with his golfing shoes—"Greatest Distance among Rounds of golfing at the related Day"—and the second one inflicting him to just about lose his brain whereas enjoying the world's longest poker session.

Why do humans commit loads power to get into the list publication, frequently at nice threat? Why do the main severe enthusiasts commit their whole lives to this pursuit? Why is society so keen about files and list breaking? Why do americans by myself purchase 1000000 and a part copies of the well-known e-book each year, propelling it to the head of the bestseller lists decade after decade? Why do readers of all generations bear in mind an identical record-holding icons, the fattest twins, the longest fingernails, and the tallest guy? After his personal trip contained in the global of list breaking, those are the questions Olmsted makes an attempt to answer.

In the culture of the bestselling Word Freak—a mélange of travelogue, memoir, investigative journalism, and history—Getting Into Guinness is a must-read for a person who has ever learn Guinness global Records and questioned why anyone could develop their fingernails for a complete lifetime.

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