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We’re all going to die—it’s in the contract—but how will it happen? Today, although we live longer, people are killed by everything—bad words, bloodletting, flying cows, frozen toilets, hiccups, laughing, and spontaneous combustion are some of the unexpected causes. According to death certificates, in 1700 there were less than one hundred causes of death. Now there are more than three thousand. In the eye-opening and addictive Final Exits, causes of death—bizarre or common—are alphabetically arranged and include actual accounts of people, both famous and ordinary, who died in their own particular way.
Thoroughly researched, with uncanny historical detail covering burial customs, famous last words, and more than four hundred medical and historical illustrations from throughout the ages, Final Exits is more than just a trivia book. It is a portrait in words and numbers of human fate.
No matter what your station in society, everybody has to go sometime. Even the wealthy, powerful, and world-renowned must ultimately meet their Maker—though some have departed this life more ignobly than they might have wished.
- From Mozart to rock and roll, which performers ended their lives on the wrong note?
- What famous U.S. bridge is named after an explorer who was eaten by cannibals?
- Everyone wants to hit the lottery, but does Lady Luck visit winners with deadly fangs?
- Plus: Learn the real fate of Gilligan’s Island castaways and all your favorite TV actors as well as famous writers, senators, saints, dictators, and philosophers, among many others.
Michael Largo, the man who illuminated readers on the myriad ways of death in Final Exits, has compiled a fascinating,…[more]