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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!
Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Became the Last Country on Earth to Keep Its Feet - John Marciano

Holy Cow! This book is actually interesting. I grabbed this book, having a mild curiosity in wanting to find out why us Americans measure in feet, travel in miles, and weigh in pounds, versus seemingly the rest of the world, but what I got was so much more!


Seriously, I’m not just blowing this out of proportion. (Sorry for the bad pun, but get it? Proportion? Ok, never mind.) The author starts talking about recent presidents and Dan Rather and then pulls some mind tricks. He breaks the chapters up by fractions, such as 2/16 being one eighth, and then talks about Jefferson, Franklin, and Adams, and how the decimal system came about. Then he talks about money. We all are interested in money, right? And he goes on and on.


What I’m saying is this book is much more than inches versus centimeters or ounces versus cups, this is about math and human interest and history. Many things I have never heard of or learned before, such as France’s fascination with Franklin, and how he played it up when he went there.


Kudos to John Bemelmans Marciano, he just made learning entertaining; that’s awesome.


Oh, and speaking of that French connection with Franklin, the author also penned the children’s favorite MADELINE books. So, yeah, he’s good stuff.


Thanks Bloomsbury for providing this electronically for review; this book rocks.