By Larry Olmsted
A desirable mixture of participatory journalism and historical past, entering into Guinness is the never-before-told tale of the bestselling copyrighted publication of all time. Veteran reporter Larry Olmsted all started a private quest to wreck an current international checklist, then to set one other one, and shortly he was once totally immersed within the loopy and hugely aggressive international of checklist breaking. this is often his behind-the-scenes record of the characters who created the recognized list publication and proceed to make it wackier and wackier with each passing 12 months. The mesmerizing 50-year heritage of the Guinness global files is a narrative of extra special luck, both compelling mess ups, and severe oddities. humans around the globe try to get into the e-book, frequently within the so much unimaginable methods. Olmsted chronicles the various funniest and best Guinness checklist holders from a uniquely insider standpoint: he himself is one among them. all of it begun with a gentleman's guess over which used to be the quickest video game chicken in Europe, the golden plover or the grouse. The try and resolution this query has bought greater than a hundred million books in dozens of languages and each nook of the globe. this present day, there's heated pageant for the checklist to carry the main files (currently held via Ashrita Furman, 114 documents and counting), in addition to vintage curiosities that experience lasted for many years (the tallest guy in historical past remains to be Robert Wadlow, at eight' 11"). Interwoven into all of this can be Olmsted's account of his personal profitable record-setting makes an attempt, the 1st concerning touring midway worldwide together with his golfing shoes—"Greatest Distance among Rounds of golfing at the similar Day"—and the second one inflicting him to almost lose his brain whereas enjoying the world's longest poker consultation. Why do humans dedicate rather a lot strength to get into the list booklet, frequently at nice probability? Why do the main severe lovers dedicate their complete lives to this pursuit? Why is society so keen about documents and list breaking? Why do american citizens on my own purchase one million and a part copies of the recognized booklet each year, propelling it to the pinnacle of the bestseller lists decade after decade? Why do readers of all generations be mindful an analogous record-holding icons, the fattest twins, the longest fingernails, and the tallest guy? After his personal trip contained in the international of checklist breaking, those are the questions Olmsted makes an attempt to reply to. within the culture of the bestselling notice Freak—a m?lange of travelogue, memoir, investigative journalism, and history—Getting Into Guinness is a must-read for an individual who has ever learn Guinness international documents and puzzled why anyone might develop their fingernails for a complete lifetime.