Books "for Quizbowl"

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Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

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Post by CPiGuy » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:48 pm

physicsnerd wrote:For mythology, all of Rick Riordan's books. It may seem nuts, but if you like reading fiction, it's got all the greek, egyptian, and norse myth you'll need to start out with (for the most part, anyway). Pretty much all the points from mythology I've gotten are from those.
can confirm -- have gotten reasonably hard myth questions off of Percy Jackson knowledge
physicsnerd wrote:I saw there was a comment up above on studying for biblical questions - I would read the gospels, Acts, and Revelation (though if you're short on time, pick one gospel, they do overlap quite a bit) from the New Testament and Genesis, Exodus, and 1st Samuel through 2nd Chronicles. If you do this and also read through summaries of some other biblical stories (Daniel, Ruth, Esther, a short summary of which churches Paul sent letters to, Joshua, Sampson) you'll be, I think, more than good for most of the questions I've heard come up.
if you'd rather read something other than the actual Bible, I recommend Tikva Frymer-Kensky's Reading the Women of the Bible -- obviously its feminist focus means some stories get left out altogether or not focused on, but it provides short summaries of a bunch of major biblical stories in line with discussion of them.
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Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Post by iarehavethestupid » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:28 pm

Asking for a teammate, would Campbell’s textbook be a bit much for a 7th grader to take in? He has a decent understanding of physics and chem, it’s just his bio that’s weak.If it makes a difference, he already has it at his house (sibling)
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Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Post by Banned Tiny Toon Adventures Episode » Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:45 am

iarehavethestupid wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:28 pm
Asking for a teammate, would Campbell’s textbook be a bit much for a 7th grader to take in? He has a decent understanding of physics and chem, it’s just his bio that’s weak.If it makes a difference, he already has it at his house (sibling)
if he's a bright enough kid it should be fine. Understanding the stuff for AP bio doesn't require a super deep background in anything
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Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Post by iarehavethestupid » Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:30 pm

Can somebody give me a recommendation for something that covers specifically European History? (And not just Britain)
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Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Post by vinteuil » Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:45 pm

iarehavethestupid wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:30 pm
Can somebody give me a recommendation for something that covers specifically European History? (And not just Britain)
As I put here, Palmer, Colton, and Kramer, A History of the Modern World is very clue-dense and very well-written.
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Post by UlyssesInvictus » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:12 pm

Any recommendations for good page turner art books? Non-fiction preferred, but if it's a good novelization (like the suggested Agony and Ecstasy upthread), I would give it a go.

It doesn't have to be a survey book. For reference, I liked the Art of Rivalry, which covered four notable two-wise relationships in modern art.
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Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Post by vinteuil » Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:52 am

UlyssesInvictus wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:12 pm
Any recommendations for good page turner art books? Non-fiction preferred, but if it's a good novelization (like the suggested Agony and Ecstasy upthread), I would give it a go.

It doesn't have to be a survey book. For reference, I liked the Art of Rivalry, which covered four notable two-wise relationships in modern art.
You might like Svetlana Alpers's The Vexations of Art, which does a great job of telling her own story (of getting to know the art) along with profound and detailed discussions of some magnificent paintings.
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Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Post by UlyssesInvictus » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:04 am

vinteuil wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:52 am
UlyssesInvictus wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:12 pm
Any recommendations for good page turner art books? Non-fiction preferred, but if it's a good novelization (like the suggested Agony and Ecstasy upthread), I would give it a go.

It doesn't have to be a survey book. For reference, I liked the Art of Rivalry, which covered four notable two-wise relationships in modern art.
You might like Svetlana Alpers's The Vexations of Art, which does a great job of telling her own story (of getting to know the art) along with profound and detailed discussions of some magnificent paintings.
Will check it out, thanks!
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Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Post by Skepticism and Animal Feed » Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:46 pm

Wanted to bump this thread to make two recs for Eastern European history:

God's Playground, Volume 1 by Norman Davies.. This is a history of Poland from its beginning to the partitions in 1792. It's famous outside of quizbowl and the author is super famous. I have actually not read it, but one of my friends just read it, and while he was reading it he would not stop Facebook messaging me with amusing anecdotes and details he learned from the book. This makes it seem perfect for quizbowl.

The Realm of St. Stephen by Pal Engel. This is a history of Hungary from its beginning until the Ottoman conquest in 1526. I am in the process of reading it and can already recommend it for quizbowl purposes because the amount of names, details, etc. the author drops.

I'm not actually sure that these books will get you lots of points at anything below the ACF Nationals level, because I imagine most Poland and Hungary tossups heavily favor 20th century knowledge, but they seem clue-dense and thus "for quizbowl".
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Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Post by iarehavethestupid » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:27 pm

Skepticism and Animal Feed wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:46 pm
Wanted to bump this thread to make two recs for Eastern European history:

God's Playground, Volume 1 by Norman Davies.. This is a history of Poland from its beginning to the partitions in 1792. It's famous outside of quizbowl and the author is super famous. I have actually not read it, but one of my friends just read it, and while he was reading it he would not stop Facebook messaging me with amusing anecdotes and details he learned from the book. This makes it seem perfect for quizbowl.

The Realm of St. Stephen by Pal Engel. This is a history of Hungary from its beginning until the Ottoman conquest in 1526. I am in the process of reading it and can already recommend it for quizbowl purposes because the amount of names, details, etc. the author drops.

I'm not actually sure that these books will get you lots of points at anything below the ACF Nationals level, because I imagine most Poland and Hungary tossups heavily favor 20th century knowledge, but they seem clue-dense and thus "for quizbowl".
Are all/most of Norman Davies's books good for quizbowl?
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Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Post by An Economic Ignoramus » Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:17 pm

iarehavethestupid wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:27 pm
Are all/most of Norman Davies's books good for quizbowl?
Yes. Europe and Vanished Kingdoms (in addition to the aforementioned God's Playground) are both pretty good reads and very clue-dense. Highly recommend.
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Re: Books "for Quizbowl"

Post by Rocket21 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:08 pm

Can someone recommend me books on Hinduism/other world religions (Voodoo, Rastafari, Buddhism, Bahai, Jainism, Shinto, Sikhism, etc)?
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