This book includes around 200 obituaries, published in 'The Economist' from 1995 to 2008. The format of every obituary is similar: about 132 lines and a photograph. The people represented in this compilation has a very wide range: some of them are well known, others are not. This volume is a good place to look for a peculiar person, to find a eccentric character; of course, I have my favourites: a japanese gheisa, a french colaborationist, an indian bandit ... It has a surprise quality -like going hunting-: before reading the obituary, you do not know if the person it's really going to interest you. Surprises abound. Most part of the time you get a good history, and a fine and brief biography. Finally, and this is decisive, the literary style is splendid: crisp, elegant, clever, humorous. Good art.