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The Book of Lasts: The Stories Behind the Endings That Changed the World Hardcover – 8 Sep 2005

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An excellent Christmas present for the reader in your family
-- The Buzz Magazine (AUS)

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Ian Harrison has researched and written a number of books on subjects ranging from ancient battlefields to modern airports, including three historical books written in conjunction with The Times newspaper. He worked first as a researcher for television documentaries and then in publishing. Television research included entering the weird world of inventors and inventions, hunting for pirate treasure, investigating the two heads of Cromwell and delving into the wit and wisdom of branding. He is author of the hugely successful The Book Of Firsts and The Book Of Inventions for Cassell Illustrated.

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Unique Twist of an Idea but Doesn't Live Up to Usual Style Competitors 9 May 2007
By James N Simpson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There are tens of thousands of fact books out there covering the same topics as inside this one, so to be noticed by the buying public you've got to come up with a new angle to market what is basically the exact same thing as many of your competitors. This idea is brilliant, no doubt about it, the cover got my attention right away, I picked it up off the shelf and took it home. Unfortunately it doesn't live up to a lot of the traditionally laid out books of the same information.

Anyway this book starts off with an introduction by Gene Cernan, the last man to go to the moon. It then goes on to cover such topics as lines famous people said before they died, extinct animals, episodes of TV shows, makes of cars, September 11, events at the Olympics, planet discoveries, battles, victims, films, by actors or directors, wars and a heap of other topics.

A lot of times this book struggles to not present the facts in a normal manner and the last angle seems to have been cut and pasted into something previously written. An interesting read but much better and informative fact books out there to spend your money on.
A good book to read at bedtime. 19 July 2014
By Colin Levingston - Published on
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It is a good read and very educational. Whether I read it for 5 minutes or much longer, it is good book to just pick up and put down when one has a few spare minutes.
Loved it! 18 Dec. 2014
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Thoroughly interesting and enjoyable to read
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Strange lasts 4 Jan. 2007
By Enrique Torres - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It seems firsts always get some ink but lasts not as much; I guess it was time for a good book on lasts. This is a book about lasts but from a different perspective where the why and who are brought to the forefront.The contents include the following chapters: Last of All, Historic Last Days, Personal Lasts, Last Requests and Bequeths, Last Past The Post, Last Journeys, Last words and the Last Post. The information in this book tends to more on the trivial side of life but it is so odd that it is interesting. I think teenages would like this book very much. There is some information that is of historical importance but much of it is geared to be just plain strange occurences. The Last Bequeths are pretty interesting, as are famous peoples last words; as I said before, this book tends to be more weird than anything else. The choice of material is very strange. Most everything will eventually be a last so the subject matter is nearly limitless. Everything from Timothy Leary's last trip(hint: spacey but no acid) to the Last Supper are here for your entertainment and amusement. It is pretty wacky yet informative. This is a good book to read in sections as the interest arises. This book would be a worthwhile addition to the classrooom or library of a high school. Two or three pages are usually dedicated to each last with side trips into a timeline format or a did you know section? The book is entertaining enough to capture the imagination of students and adults alike. This is the last sentence for this review.
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