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Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy!


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ISBN13: 9780307339560
ISBN10: 0307339564
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spacebarshift, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by spacebarshift)
A must read for those still auditioning. With Alex pondering retirement in 2 years, good luck having as much fun and luck as this man did.
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Jennifer Short, March 5, 2008 (view all comments by Jennifer Short)
I finished reading this book last night -- at four in the morning. I just couldn't put it down! Bob Harris has a way with words, and his account of his Jeopardy! experiences are written in such a way I often found myself laughing. He stays upbeat with his losses, and he keeps coming back and back and back to Jeopardy! He talks about the contestants he has played against, and we all remember such names like Chuck Forrest, Ken Jennings, and Eric Newhouse. It was a look inside the mind of a Jeopardy! champion. My only gripe with the book is I wish he would have elaborated on why not to play poker with Eddie Timanus! There has to be a story there that wasn't shared!
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Mary Folley, September 11, 2006 (view all comments by Mary Folley)
Yes, this is a book about appearing on a game show. But, it is not only about the show. Prisoner of Trebekistan provides solid advice on how to prepare for Jeopardy! or any of the other game shows that test contestants? knowledge of trivia. Harris does a first-rate job of explaining and illustrating complex concepts from cognitive psychology, like state dependent learning and chunking, to a general audience. I have a Ph.D. in social psychology, and I can say that after teaching this type of material to students, being both clear and entertaining with this extremely dry subject matter is no simple task.

Harris also tells the story of his family?s ongoing struggle with his sister?s autoimmune disease. He gives a very moving and compassionate portrayal his admiration for her strength and his own helplessness in the face of the never-ending, grueling effects of the disease on his beloved sister. Harris writes a very human account of the impact that chronic disease can have of the friends and family of the afflicted.

And, on top of all of that, Bob Harris has written a laugh-out-loud funny book. Trebekistan is a well-paced, delightful read! Buy this book!!
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trebekistanfan, September 3, 2006 (view all comments by trebekistanfan)
I can't think of anything drearier than reading an account of some random guy's experiences on some TV game show. Well, actually, I can. The one thing drearier would be Bob Harris' account of being on some TV game show. Reading his website is like wathcing a perpetual self promotion machine, a guy constantly trying to pump up his image as some sort of intellectual. But the content on his weblog is nothing so much as the worst sort of posturing and sanctimonious nonsense by a parlor radical, and a not very well informed or insightful one at that.
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A Decade in Jeopardy!
Harris, Bob
Personal Memoirs
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
General Biography
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
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Product details 352 pages Crown Publishers - English 9780307339560 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Prisoner of Trebekistan is funny, enlightening — and just might help you win a million bucks on Jeopardy!"
"Review" by , "Prisoner of Trebekistan is so effortlessly funny and informative, the fact that it's also tender, human, and very wise kind of sneaks up on you....Amidst the nerve-wracking Jeopardy! showdowns and hilarious study rituals, Bob Harris has found the difference between facts and knowledge, between knowledge and wisdom, proving conclusively that the answer to the meaning of life may very well take the form of a question. A must for anyone who loves Jeopardy!, or has ever seen it, or is breathing."
"Review" by , "If you don't buy this book — this funny, learned, charming, and surprisingly moving book — I will make it burst into flames in your hands."
"Synopsis" by , In "Prisoner of Trebekistan," Harris chronicles his transformation from a struggling standup comic who repeatedly fails the "Jeopardy!" audition test into an elite player competing against the show's most powerful brains.

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