It's hard to say if this is a factual book, there are no footnotes/endnotes. Overall this book is an easy read and will make you think and at the least you'll learn something you most likely never knew. I'm also quite sure that the authors made a few mistakes throughout this book which is again why footnotes/endnotes would have come in handy. The one mistake I noticed and know for a fact is a mistake is when speaking of the "thumbs up." The authors contend that this is interpreted in Russia as a "rude" sign, on the contrary, a "thumbs up" is given when everything is OK when the thumb is placed between the middle finger and the pointer then it is a rude gesture.
So, you'll be entertained, but I wouldn't go bragging about all the 'facts' you find here.
Pros: excellent writing, interesting topics Cons: pictures could make it more interesting The Bottom Line: Really interesting book regardless of just how unusual the questions may be, but lots of good information that you wouldn't expect. One thing that I have always enjoyed about going to the local bookstore is just going through random books trying to find out information that I can later share with my friends at the … more
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