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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (June 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399533516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399533518
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If there's a mnemonic device Rod Evans has missed, good luck finding it. There are more than a few in EGBDF that I'll be using next time Jeopardy!comes calling. -- Brad Rutter, winner of Jeopardy! 2001's Tournament of Champions, the Million Dollar Masters Tournament, and the Ultimate Tournament of Champions

While Rod Evans's book will be valuable to introductory students in numerous disciplines, it will be particularly valuable as a model for inventing one's own mnemonics. -- Joel Wapnick, 1999 World Scrabble Champion, 1998 Canadian National Scrabble Champion, 1983 U.S. National Scrabble Champion

Wow! I have never found learning so easy and fascinating. I believe this volume will be invaluable to any student who is interested in taking considerably less time to study, fascinating to trivia buffs, and engrossing to the lay public who might never expect to encounter in one book the nuts and bolts of so many different walks of life. This is a keeper. -- Joe Edley, 3-Time American National Scrabble Champion (1980, 1992, 2000)

About the Author

Rod Evans teaches philosophy at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia. In the past, he's worked for the test preparation company Stanley Kaplan, preparing students for the SAT and the TOEFL. He is the author of The Gilded Tongue and other titles.

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Dr. Rod L. Evans is an author, lecturer, and philosopher who writes and speaks on language,trivia,popular misconceptions,ethics,practical political philosophy,and personal responsibility. He graduated from Old Dominion University, and earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Virginia. He is Lecturer of Philosophy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Evans has published eighteen books in several subjects, including English usage, recreational linguistics, lexicography, trivia, political philosophy, and religion.His latest book,a wordplay book called "Tyrannosaurus Lex," was praised by author Richard Lederer,who said,"No one makes the alphabet dance as brilliantly and entertainingly as Rod Evans." The following persons have written introductions or forewords for Dr. Evans's books: Isaac Asimov, William F. Buckley, Paul Simon (the late U.S. senator), Linus Pauling, Hugh Downs, Steve Allen, and Betty White. The following persons have endorsed his books: Milton Friedman, Walter Williams, Dr. Thomas Szasz, Albert Ellis, Ken Jennings (Jeopardy! champion), Joe Edley (Scrabble champion), and Tyler Hinman (Crossword puzzle champion).

He has won two teaching awards, has earned an entry in Who's Who in America, and is a member of Mensa and the Triple Nine Society.

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I highly recommend EGBDF, The Book of Mnemonic Devices.
Robert Stewart
An additional nice feature of the book is the spelling section, which has excellent mnemonic devices for about 1,000 words.
D. Mayer
I bought this book for my twelve year old son, but also found that it is helpful for me.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tom D VINE VOICE on September 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have spent hours meandering through this maze of mnemonic devices, and yet I find a new and clever one each time I look. There is something for everyone to enable us to remember things we never thought we would.

The section on Spanish verbs will surely come in handy. I particularly like the mathematical and technical sections. After Dr. Evans's book, how can one remain content recalling the speed of light so imprecisely as 300 megameters per second?!

I consume with relish every one of this prolific author's books that I can get my hands on, and I encourage others to do the same. This book contains gems for persons of every age group, occupation, and avocation.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Mayer on July 29, 2007
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Most people are probably familiar with the famous mnemonic for the musical scale that gives this splendid book its title, but even the most seasoned aficiando of memory devices will find something surprising in this treasure trove of mnemonics. Students from kindergarten to law or medical school will find it useful -- not only for the memory devices it contains but also for the way it inspires readers to invent their own mnemonics. As a professor of legal and constitutional history, I especially like the mnemonics for learning the 27 amendments to the U.S. Constitution as well as others for important facts in American and British history. An additional nice feature of the book is the spelling section, which has excellent mnemonic devices for about 1,000 words. That section alone is worth the price of the book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Denise Cochran on August 9, 2007
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What I truly love about this book is the comprehensiveness. It covers more than two dozen subjects, including large sections on math and spelling. The spelling section contains about 1000 mnemonics for the 1000 most frequently misspelled English words(200 more mnemonics than the classic book "Demonic Mnemonic"- which is also excellent).
From a teacher's standpoint, the math, history, geography, and spelling sections will be of great value for any student. What is more, some of the material is sophisticated enough for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), a graduate admission test of vocabulary and cultural literacy.
It was amazing how quickly I warmed up to this book, and I am not surprised that it's been endorsed by not only two Scrabble champs, but also Brad Rutter (the guy who beat Ken Jennings and everybody else in Jeopardy's Ultimate Tournament of Champions).
Heaps of praise go to Rod Evans, and because the book is both entertaining and inexpensive, I see it making a great gift book as well.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dawn L. Clark on September 15, 2007
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What a great book! Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (The Book of Mnemonic Devices) will come in very handy in my 7th grade classroom. I always try to find new ways to help my students with their study skills - this book will be tremendously helpful with that task. I especially find the Spelling section to be an excellent array of mnemonics to assist them with the difficult task of remembering how to correctly spell the most common misspelled words - myself included. Thank You Dr. Evans!

Dawn L. Clark
Midlothian, VA
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 3, 2007
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This compact book is extraordinary in its depth and breadth. For someone like me who suffers from a notoriously confused memory this is a fantastically useful volume. Mr. Evans seems to cover everything anyone in any field might want to remember easily. The book contains not only dozens of mnemonics for history, math, geography and other arts and sciences, but also mnemonics for about 1000 frequently misspelled words as well as more obscure interests like Morse code, hunting, boating and birthstones. I also see this book as a fun family learning tool. A clever person might even devise an informative family game around this book possibly similar to Boulderdash. I for one will be keeping this book handy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Swannie on August 21, 2007
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Memory is a fickle friend for me -- a vital piece of info often seems just beyond timely recall. Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge is a great antidote for that lost, wandering, out-of-control queasiness that so often visits in those moments of weak memory.

The mnemonics catalogued here are encyclopedic - a great start on specific things to remember, in a long list of 45 useful categories from astronomy to zoology. For me the most useful categories are cooking, geopolitics, math, music, religion, and time & calendars (I'm constantly using "thirty days hath September, April, June & November...). Though I won't be using the psychology aids much, they sure offer an interesting, concise glimpse into human behavior and some of its disorders!

But just as important as the catalog is the broad view of how to remember things. With the perspective from this book on the many types of mnemonic (memory-aiding) tools available, I can construct my own mnemonics for the things I will learn tomorrow, or that are discovered or invented next month. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce C. Friedman on July 29, 2007
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When I started browsing through "Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge", my first thought was "Why, oh why, didn't I have a book like this 40 years ago when I was in school?" But I shortly realized this book is more than just a study aid featuring mnemonic devices. It's an absolutely marvelous collection of the trivial, e.g., birthplace of Casey Stengel, the esoteric, e.g., formation of Latin verbs, and the consequential, e.g., Amendments to the Constitution. And so many of these entries brought back a flood of memories, some delightful and some not quite so delightful (high school - ugh!). The bottom line is that this is a book everyone should own, whether you're a student preparing for a standardized test (PSAT, SAT, GMAT, LSAT, etc.) or a senior citizen looking for ways to facilitate the recall of decades of accumulated knowledge.
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