E-Sylum readers love books and learning facts in general. This Washington Post article published May 2, 2019 reveals where Jeopardy! Champ James Holzhauer
learned a useful numismatic fact.
We asked Holzhauer about the importance of kids books in his prep, and which ones have proved most useful:
How are kids’ books more helpful than adult books in preparing for the show?
You may be able to read an adult book about a boring subject without falling asleep, but I can’t. For me, it was either read some children’s books — designed to engage the reader — or go into "Jeopardy!" with giant gaps in my knowledge base.
Which children’s books are you most grateful that you’ve read? Can you give us a list of a handful that turned out to be most useful?
The Classics Illustrated series was an excellent primer in literature, and I also really enjoyed Zachary Hamby’s mythology books for teens.
Can you tell us about a game-vital fact or two that you learned from a kids’ book that you wouldn’t have otherwise known?
I had a Daily Double about the Denver Mint, which came from some Americana book that I can’t remember the name of.
To read the complete article, see:
The children’s books that turned James Holzhauer into a ‘Jeopardy!’ champ
Wayne Homren, Editor
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