Read these books and you’ll sound brilliant

We all want to sound smart, right? (If you don’t, you probably shouldn’t be reading this.) Well, there are some books that are chock full of fascinating facts that, if you read them, will make you look like you’re a genius.

And, since you have some time off from school, this may be the perfect time to try one of these.

This list comes from the Barnes & Noble Book Blog:

The Private Life of Chairman Mao by Li Zhisui
Did you know Mao Zedong had venereal disease? You’ll learn that and other fascinating facts if you read this.

The Great Cat Massacre by Robert Darnton
There was actually a cat holocaust in the late 1730s in Paris. Who knew? You will if you tackle this tome.

The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia by James Palmer
This book features some pretty interesting things, including orgies, murder, corruption and cruelty.

The Fugu Plan: The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews During World War II by Marvin Tokayer
This tells the story of Chiune Sugihara, the “Japanese Oskar Schindler,” who saved thousands of Jews during the war.

Russophobia in New Zealand 1838-1908 by Glynn Barratt
Russophobia lasted in New Zealand for 70 years. Why? Well, you’re going to have to read it to find out. Imagine the conversations you can have at your next party.

Happy Reading, you genius, you.


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