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Book of Secrets Paperback – October 21, 2008

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

 Editor Thomas Eaton studied history at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the United Kingdom. After working in magazine publishing, he has spent the last few years writing quizzes for television and newspapers, including The Weakest Link, allowing him to indulge in his love of the trivial and the arcane. He is a leading member of the Society of Secrets.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Min Pck edition (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740777548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740777547
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 0.6 x 3.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laura De Giorgio on August 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is really tiny - less than 4 inches in length and a bit over hundred pages. It contains odds and ends of helpful tips, recipes, quotes,some factual information, some semi-accurate information and opinions on different topics.

For examples, in the section related to casinos, it says that "Casinos want you to lose touch with the outside world and your sense of time. There are no clocks in the casino" - which is true, but then it also says that "dealers do not wear watches", which is not true, at least not in North America.

Useful tip for people trying to lose weight may be that eating food rich in calcium may assist with weight loss, or to quote from this book:
"Eating yogurt will actually help you lose weight, as the high calcium content provides a catalyst for your body to burn fat more efficiently and will actually limit the amount of fat your body will support.

While the book doesn't reveal the secret ingredient in the Colonel's recipe that made Kentucky Fried Chicken a success, you will find a recipe for making breaded chicken.

Throughout the book you will come across variety of quotations - like "The Secret of Keeping the Secret"
"Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead." - Benjamin Franklin

Among the helpful tips you'll find tips for improving memory, remembering names, selling a house, dating, bargain hunting and assortment of culinary information.

Among the facts you'll find a variety of historical information about the Tower of London, Christian Catacombs, list of famous American Freemasons, and other odds and ends.
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By B. Jensen on January 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
The first secret of this book is that it's quite small. The secrets within vary from fascinating to mundane. Since the secrets are in no particular order, I'd recommend just thumbing through the pages, stopping to read any secrets which interest you.
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Format: Paperback
This is basically a very compact book filled with "secrets" that typically fill up one-third to one-half of a page. I'll admit that there is some interesting stuff in here, and the book contains an index in the back in the event that you actually know what secret you are looking for. However, because these *are* secrets, it's not a very useful index as you're more likely to read through this book and not really refer back to it. First off, the secrets that are in the book are in there because they are no longer secrets, so don't get your hopes up that you're going to find out about something that no one else knows about. Secondly, the majority of the secrets are not what I'd call secrets, but more like tips. These are often related to cooking but the sheer randomness of things in this book really just makes it worth a single pass, if you can even make it that far. I really didn't have a need for "secret" abandoned NYC subway lines or the "secrets of using a fan" (it's all in how you twirl it).

A better bet would be to find a few good "secret" books on topics you are interested in, or pick up a copy of the reasonably-priced "Book of Lists" that receives a fresh printing every year or so. That's been a fun thing to have on our reference shelf and our kids often pick it out either as an actual reference book or as a fun thing just to read a few pages out of.
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I didn't realize how small this book was when I ordered it. It is about the size of a tin of mints. I have over 500 books and like to display them on bookcases but this one gets swallowed up by the more larger sized ones.

The book content is pretty interesting and reads well. You can start and stop whenever you want. Just be sure to get a tiny bookmark.
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Format: Leather Bound
The 'Book of Secrets' comes in an attractive faux leather binding giving it the impression of 'something special'. The contents are nicely laid out and presented. The variation of the facts inside the book makes it a truly interesting read. Its the type of book you can pick up and put down many times and not get tired of it. The secrets (facts) are great conversation starters and eyebrow raisers. This book is a great buy and a worthwhile gift.
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This book is filled from one side to the other with mostly secret information much of which is still interesting and in some cases usefull today. This is great for people who like to know secrets but not anything dangerous to themselves or others
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This book is full of random fun facts. I thought it would be fun bathroom reading material. I was surprised when it arrived that it was sooooo small. I thought it would be the size of a normal book, but it is itty-bitty. Definitely fun, but don't spend more than $5 on this.
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Interesting little book! It is full of information and situations that most people probably would not believe. Arrived in great condition and on time. Many of the "secrets" I have either read about, heard about, or experienced in my life so I can tell you if it is true or not true. Worth reading!
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