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Last Words of Notable People: Final Words of More than 3500 Noteworthy People Throughout History [Paperback]

Mr. William B. Brahms

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21 Oct 2012
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

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  • Paperback: 678 pages
  • Publisher: Reference Desk Press, Inc. (21 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976532581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976532583
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 3.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William B. Brahms was born in Camden, New Jersey and was raised and still lives in Haddon Township, New Jersey. He graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Cap and Skull from Rutgers College with a B.A. and from Rutgers University Graduate School of Communication Information and Library Studies with an M.L.S. He has spent his entire career working in public libraries and publishing in New Jersey. Currently he manages and is Chief Librarian at the Camden County, New Jersey Library System. He is also President of Reference Desk Press, Inc. and has published seven books, including the major library reference works Notable Last Facts which was selected as an "Achievement in Publishing" in Booklist's 2005 Editor's Choice issue and Last Words of Notable People which was profiled in Kirkus author Q & A in Kirkus Reviews and featured in magazines including The Atlantic and Mental Floss. Last Words of Notable People reached the Amazon Bestsellers List -- Top 100 in December 2011, and was featured in the John Green (vlogbrothers - nerdfighters) video “Geeking Out Over Dying Declarations” (which received over 250,000 views). Brahms has also written several books on regional history. In particular, his books on Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey (for which he was awarded the Author of the Year Award by the Marconi Foundation in Somerset, NJ) are standard sources for historical information on Franklin Township, where he served as official Township Historian for six years. These works include: Franklin Township Somerset County, NJ: A History, and Images of America: Franklin Township Brahms is also the official historian of several organizations where he has produced historical material that are basic reference works on those groups including the Cap and Skull Society. His book on the historic Westmont Theatre in Westmont, New Jersey is a tie-in to the film The Grand Old Lady directed by Brent J. Donaway; a film in which Brahms also appears. Brahms is also co-author of another title in the national Image of America series, Images of America: Haddon Township. about Haddon Township, New Jersey. He is listed in both Marquis Who’s Who in a America, and Who’s Who in the World. For more information visit the Reference Desk Press website.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a compilation! 24 Sep 2010
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I was amazed, for starters, at how thick this book is. (Were we about to hear from some overly wordy deathbed figures?) But instead, it's a comprehensive resource, containing not only a wide array of notable characters' last utterances, but brief and well-written descriptions of who they were and how and when they died. The research appears to have been meticulous, including notes on instances in which the person's actual last words are in dispute. Not something I plan to read cover to cover, but fun to dip into. My personal favorite so far: The words of Henry Graham Greene, "Will it be an interesting experience? Will I find out what lies behind the barrier? Why does it take so long to come?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Perhaps 28 Dec 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Money well spent! 28 Jan 2011
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This book kept us entertained on Christmas more than the games! It never got put down a minute without someone picking it up and reading something out loud to us. Very interesting and my youngest son has already used it as a resource for a college term paper. I know it appears pricey but it is by far the best book of this quality I have seen. I looked at several and so glad I spent the extra money for this one. Also includes some historic facts about the individuals that are included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Notable People 24 Jan 2012
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I ordered this product for my daughter and she LOVED it! She is a huge John Green fan and this book is one he recommended saying it is one of his favorites. My daughter was anxious to see what the excitement was all about and after she received it, she couldn't stop talking about it. I can say, firsthand, that the service was perfect!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love quotes, you'll love this 28 Nov 2012
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An excellent, exhaustive, well-referenced compendium. Hugely entertaining and fascinating read. Pick up some great one-liners and excellent stories for your next cocktail party.
Highly recommend, and in Kindle format it's more portable, and easily searchable. And an INCREDIBLE value!
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