Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History (English Edition) Kindle Edition
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Last Words of Notable People is a comprehensive reference work on "last words," "dying words" or "famous last words". A work of unprecedented scope and study...Covering the final utterances of noted people over the span of thousands of years and the entire globe; each person is presented with a relevant biographical treatment. Each entry is meticulously documented, citing best sources available. Connection or relation of cited sources to entries are presented. Accuracy or veracity of reputed "last words" is often questioned. Conflicting variations of reported "last words" for many entries are presented for the purpose of further research. Contains a detailed selected annotated bibliography of significant "last word" sources. Well indexed. The conclusion of more than a dozen years work and consultation of tens of thousands of sources, Last Words of Notable People is far and away the definitive compilation and treatment of recorded "last words" compiled to date. This is the soft cover book edition of the last words tome featured in John Green's "Dying Declarations" video. Last Words of Notable People was an Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in December 2011. For: Trivia Lovers, Biography and History Buffs, Nerdfighters, Academic and Public Library Reference Collections and Library Circulating collections
Librarian Bill Brahms started to accumulate information for Notable Last Facts and Last Words of Notable People, in the early 1990s as a graduate library student at Rutgers University. While reviewing core reference sources in a class on reference librarianship, the topic of notable firsts was discussed and an excellent encyclopedic resource was demonstrated. This prompted Bill to ask: Where would one go to look up famous or notable lasts? When his question yielded nothing definitive, the idea (or rather the need) for an extensive basic reference work on lasts was born. Notable Last Facts was released in 2005 to wide critical acclaim and is now a core reference work in thousands of libraries. While researching last facts, Bill began to come across a large number of reputed last words or famous last words, of people. When he saw the remarkable variety of versions reported and that few gave a cited source, Bill began to collect these too. There are numerous lists on the Internet and a number of books published over the years which endeavored to bring together a collection of famous last words (or as Bill prefers to call them Last Words of Notable People), however these works almost exclusively do not cite historic sources for the vast majority of the quotes and many of the quoted last words were dubious, doubtful, misquoted or clearly contrived after the death of the person. These issues arise because tracking last words is difficult and history has often been re-written to lionize or vilify individuals or add to an insightful, humorous or ironic twist to versions of last words. Regrettably, almost all of the published works of reputed last words were treated and marketed, non-scholarly, generally as novelties or in the humor or miscellaneous trivia sections in book stores -- all lacked attempts to cite a vetted source or reference work for each entry and the these compilations tended to be greatly limited in scope. A few attempts have been made over the course of history to study and list last words more seriously, but as resources they too are limited in scope (number of entries and breadth of coverage) and almost all are more than 50 years old. Last Words of Notable People is the first compilation last words that is of a library reference book magnitude. It is also the first compilation to source every entry including Variations and Different Last Words as well as additionally annotating many sources including those of doubtful or dubious last words. In short, Last Words of Notable People is the largest, most scholarly and comprehensive compilation of recorded last words ever published and a highly recommended and welcome addition to library and reference collections.
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am 28. Dezember 2011 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
While I fear I may be unable to write a review as lovely as those before me, I can agree with them that this book is no where short of amazing. When John Green posted about this book earlier in December, I jumped at the chance without much thought behind it. When it arrived today (sooner than I had expected) I was surprised by the over all size of it-- it made me fear that I was about to read a long winded introduction that took up a quarter of the book (as I've had the experiance before) but as I opened the book and started my journey, I found a short and sweet introduction and 634 pages of my guilty plessure. Something I just found while flipping through that is just as pleasing, is that the pages are recycled! That must be the lovely book smell I have been.. well, smelling! All in all, there is nothing I regret about this buy. -DFTBA
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Oh, Mr. Brahms! What a book!
am 16. März 2015 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This book is simply fascinating. I'm currently working my way through the "B's", and every entry is seemingly well researched and referenced. I've found myself Googling information regarding some entries whose names are unfamiliar to me, thereby learning something new, as they say, every day! The book itself is hefty and impressive, but it's nothing to be intimidated by. It's organized like a dictionary, or an encyclopedia. You can sit down and read for hours, or you can glance at one or two entries if you have 5 minutes to kill. Grand book!
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Mr. Brahms did not forget to be awesome.
am 30. Januar 2012 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I would like to say Thank you to Mr. Brahms for offering this book to Nerdfightaria for such an affordable price! At our last Pittsburgh Area Nerdfighters (you can find us on facebook, tumblr, and in Your Pants) gathering we made a game using the book. We passed the book around and each person randomly picked an entry and read it to the group. We noticed that almost everyone was finding really great and interesting stories and quotes. Very few were boring or uninteresting so we decided that the person with the most boring entry would win a prize (we had to go two rounds since everyone came up with awesome ones). Needless to say, it was fun and interesting and we all learned a lot. I think it will be a tradition with our meetings from now on, so this book will get a lot of use. No sitting on a reference shelf for this baby! Thank you again Mr. Brahms. You made a lot of nerds happy! ;)
I keep it on a coffee table in the family room and when TV is boring or there are some commercials you would like to ...
am 3. April 2015 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Fascinating reading. You may not want to read all the details on every entry but just reading the last words and then looking to see who said that makes it very interesting. I keep it on a coffee table in the family room and when TV is boring or there are some commercials you would like to turn the sound off on, you can pick up "Last Words" and read a few pages and then you may find you don't want to turn the sound back on, on the TV. I writing a book on death and finding little tidbits I can use along the way. -- Jon Mundy, Ph.D.
Good conversation piece
am 16. Februar 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
An interesting coffee table reference book.