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Panati's Extraordinary Endings of Practically Everything and Everybody
Charles Panati, America's favorite gatherer of origins, now offers the last word on how people, places, and things of all sorts have met their ends through the centuries. From famous presidents to frightening epidemics, from ancient extinctions to vanished vogues, from bizarre last wills to the death styles of the rich and renowned, The Browser's Book of Endings presents t ...more
Paperback, 470 pages
Published September 1st 1989 by Harper Perennial
(first published January 1st 1989)
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Like all of Panati's books in this series, your eyes are opened to things that you never knew that you knew. These books go beyond simple trivia. You get a deeper view of things we often take for granted in our society. This was a great bedtime book for me when I suffered insomnia because I could read the little snippets and not lose anything if I fell asleep, simply move on to the next bit the following night. I recommend these books to people all the time.
Thought I'd like this more than I did. I've read some of Panati's other works and I enjoy books covering this type of trivia, but it seemed to go on and on and on. Sections on the the cemetery movement, dead presidents, mass extinctions and species terminated by man were interesting, but those on the deaths of famous people dragged; especially the ending chapter on "famous people of the old West." Seriously, who cares about that.
This book is everything it says it is: it tells the ending of everybody from bequests of the US presidents to the deaths of notorious characters of the Old West, from different kinds of dying, to ancient extinctions, to vanished customs (including sexual practices--so the book isn't for the faint of heart).
Great book! So entertaining, but the best part is the educational things that I've learned from reading this! I read it while sitting in the pit for a show a few years back and I've found the need to refer to it many times! Great book I just happened to pick up second hand!
Aug 27, 2007 Lindsay Campbell rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
companion to the origins book, though i prefer the origins. this does have people's last words, wills, etc, including all the US presidents and many writers. also covers extinctions. buy the pair while you're at it.