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 tCharles 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 the amusing, the surprising, and the generally little-known stories behind the terminations of practically everything and everybody. Illustrated with more than 100 drawings, diagrams, and archival photographs, with an extensive reference list and index, this is the most readable and complete compendium of deliciously trivial and profound facts about history's endings....more
Paperback, 470 pages
September 1st 1989
by Harper Perennial
(first published January 1st 1989)
I might have to read more by this author. I liked his extensive vocabulary that seemed to roll off the pages in a natural, unselfconscious way. I learned some amazing things from this book and details on topics that I have never come across anywhere else. I wish there were a newer edition (since this one is from 1989 and needs an update).
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.
OMG so much fun and so much weirdness! It does what says on tin and is a nice broad look at all sorts of endings - burials, death culture, will and testaments, extinction, obsolete tech... It gave me ideas and avenues that I must further research. Therefore, this is a Good Book.
One of the most interesting books that I have read by far. It is split into subjects, so it's easy to read just a little, in a few minutes or stay up all night reading. I did this a couple times. Highly entertaining!
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!
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.